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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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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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

35 watts ??? For an x86 PC with these specs, that's HUGE !

I mean, there's much more than an Atom and an intel chip in my laptop, and still it consumes about half less under normal use... And it's a known fact that these mini PCs are made of laptop components.

Maybe they were talking about peak power consumption, though.

Edited 2010-12-24 09:59 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

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.


The energy savings will not even be worth the cost of planning the transition for the typical business. By the time ARM servers are cost effective x64 cpus will be even cheaper.

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