Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 20:13 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Ah, the ARM chip. ARM is a hugely successful architecture, and can be found in just about every cell phone or other small device out there. ARM, however, wants more, and for a long time now we've been hearing predictions about an upcoming massive rise in ARM netbooks - so far, this hasn't materialised. Warren East, ARM's CEO, said in an interview with PC Pro that netbooks could one day make up 90% of the laptop market - preferably powered by ARM processors of course.
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RE: Keep talking...
by fretinator on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 21:10 UTC in reply to "Keep talking..."
fretinator
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2005-07-06

There is one available at:

http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/home/index.htm

It is somewhat rough around the edges - there was a good review Linux Journal recently. It is definitely a shipping product, albeit a 2 month wait time.

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RE[2]: Keep talking...
by darknexus on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 21:44 in reply to "RE: Keep talking..."
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2008-07-15

The Touchbook is more of a tablet than a netbook, not really what I'm looking for. I like the small Netbook form factor, with a keyboard built in and typically relatively comfortable to type on.

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RE[2]: Keep talking...
by kaiwai on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 22:40 in reply to "RE: Keep talking..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

There is one available at:

http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/home/index.htm

It is somewhat rough around the edges - there was a good review Linux Journal recently. It is definitely a shipping product, albeit a 2 month wait time.


That is kind of useless; all this talk about ARM netbooks is pissing me off as much as all those promising a Loongson MIPS based netbooks and never delivering them - when are we going to see that EMTEC netbook with the Loongson? yet another pie in the sky idea that never gets off the ground? Talk and talk and talk is about the only thing these IT companies can do - how about showing some real products that I can purchase online and have shipped to NZ - then I might remotely care about the product.

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RE[3]: Keep talking...
by Morty on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 23:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Keep talking..."
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2005-07-06

how about showing some real products that I can purchase online and have shipped to NZ - then I might remotely care about the product.


That has been done time and time again. You could have ordered a Touch Book the first time you complained about it, and got presented with the link. Then you would have had it already, and the rest of us would not have to read the same useless drivel in every discussion about alternative CPU platforms.

You are either inept or not trying to get one of those devices, as it seem quite manageable to get one. I have even seen Longsoon devices for sale locally here in Norway, so it should not be impossible to get some to NZ either. Personally I'm holding out for the next generation, with some more power than the Touch Book or Longsoons.

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RE[2]: Keep talking...
by cerbie on Thu 4th Feb 2010 08:13 in reply to "RE: Keep talking..."
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2006-01-02

Single-core A8, 10 hours battery life, nobody willing to give specs for GFX drivers (or good binaries--bring on a new Tegra, if that's what it takes! ;) ), and it costs as much as a nice Intel-based netbook that will get 75% of the battery life, and have 2-3GB RAM.

It's neat, but not all that neat, unless you really want a tablet. What we've seen hyped are devices with multi-core Cortex A9 based SoCs, capable of decent amounts of RAM, and some real performance, while in theory using 5-10W less than a comparable Atom (and maybe, at some point, sufficiently open graphics cores).

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