Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Sep 2009 17:30 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Hardware, Embedded Systems We all know (and love?) ARM as the company which focusses on licensing designs for power-efficient yet still powerful processors, mostly used in embedded devices. The Cambridge company has been looking to expand into the netbook market, and has now announced a new step in this process with a number of new multicore Cortex-A9 designs.
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Yes, beagleboard is very nice thing - but if one doesn't need it to be so small, "regular" ATX-board will be more comfortable, with some slots available, no need to buy special add-ons just to connect keyboard and mouse (or to have serial port available).

I would like just to replace Intel-based ATX-mobo with ARM-based one. Unfortunately, it seems, there's a need for a (little?) patience.

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jabjoe Member since:

Yer it depends what you want. I'm just gobsmacked someone hasn't put the beagleboard in a nice case, added ethernet/wireless and soled it as a quiet, cheap, media pc.

As Linux and free software rises, x86 doesn't matter so much, ARM will rise, but so will other architectures. Some competition at last. New architecture? No prob, just compile a Linux distro and all it's repository and release. The more architectures supported, the easier the next architecture is to support. Makes for better software too because bugs show up that would other wise remain hidden.

Only down side is tuning to a architecture, but that kind of stuff can abstracted into a lib which can be tuned for the major architectures. Which we kind of have now with the different types of x86 anyway.

If everything is open, it can all be open to change, so your don't have to let everything get gummed up with legacy (which is a good argument why there isn't a stable kernel interface).

x86 is an ugly ugly architecture, which personally, I blame for people running away from assembler and how computers actually work!

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Lennie Member since:

I don't know what came first, running away from assembler or creating applications in a non-instructionset-specific language like C.

Because not having to depend on the instruction set made a lot of things possible, euh... did not leave a lot of old code/programs behind on older long forgotten platforms. Well, most of your post already mentions reasons why this is good.

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