Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Sep 2010 13:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems So, we have Intel and AMD. These guys are doing pretty well in laptops, servers, and of course desktops, but when it comes to mobile devices, they've so far been unable to adapt the x86 architecture to the stricter requirements that come with those devices. ARM, on the other hand, pretty much owns this market at this point. And you know what? It's time for Intel and AMD to get worried - really worried. ARM has just announced its Cortex-A15 MPCore chips - which will reach 2.5Ghz in quad-core configurations.
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Where's the software?
by Moochman on Thu 9th Sep 2010 20:25 UTC
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I agree that ARM hardware is rockin, but it will take some time before the big-name laptop manufacturers (Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Samsung, Sony) collectively encourage each other to get off their asses and do new cool stuff with all this technology. The problem is that there is as yet no *one OS to rule them all* for laptop-form-factor ARM devices (at least excluding Android, which IMHO hardly qualifies as a laptop OS). Maybe Meebo could become that. Maybe Ubuntu. Maybe Microsoft will come up with something (though that's admittedly a huge maybe). Maybe the traditional laptop form factor is going the way of the dodo anyway. At this point, it's all baby steps and guesswork.

As always, real progress lags behind the conjuring of the imagination, yet arrives faster than anyone really expects.

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