Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 19:19 UTC
Windows The rumours about Windows possibly being ported to ARM has left a lot of people bewildered; why would you port Windows NT when Windows CE 6.0 is a perfectly capable operating system? Putting all the pieces together, it's actually quite clear why you would want Windows NT on ARM: servers.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Ok, good business pitch for a new windows server/ app bundle. What part of that requires or would benefit from a ARM processor vs x86?

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mbpark Member since:
2005-11-17

The fact that they can pull a reference design and quickly get this to market without having to do much engineering work.

Additionally, the fact that they can use this to set up a closed infrastructure where they can let people into their "walled garden".

Finally, the fact that you can shoehorn this into something with the dimensions of a network switch due to ARM taking a lot less power, and make an appliance out of it. Atom just isn't there yet.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Can't say I agree. X86 is not lacking for engineering designs. Even if it were, would that be more work than redoing all of the software you mentioned in an ARM compatible manner? I seriously doubt that.

Plus, remember, your target audience is a Small or Home Office. Power, space, heat: these are not that important in this environment. The power savings would be minimal for a single device.

I mean, look at this for heaven sakes:

http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=prodtmpspec&maincat_no=729&cat2_n...

35 watts. That's a compact florescent bulb.

Now, I understand the Ipad (a powerful Arm device) can pull as little as 2.5 watts. A significant difference when running a large number of devices.

At an average price of 12 cents per kilowatt hour here in the US, that amounts to yearly costs of

MSI Wind : $35

iPad : $5.00

So they'll be saving every company $30 on average by porting everything over to ARM, assuming that they are both capable of handling the required work load.

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