Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 21:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just - just hold on a second. This is big: NVIDIA, maker of graphics accelerator chips, has just announced, during its keynote at CES, that it is developing a high-performance ARM-based processor together with ARM, targeted squarely at the desktop, server, and even high-performance computing markets. That Windows on ARM thing? NVIDIA referenced it multiple times! Update: Boom, and we have a press release. "NVIDIA announced today that it plans to build high-performance ARM based CPU cores, designed to support future products ranging from personal computers and servers to workstations and supercomputers. Known under the internal codename 'Project Denver', this initiative features an NVIDIA CPU running the ARM instruction set, which will be fully integrated on the same chip as the NVIDIA GPU."
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It depends on how do you define desktop.

For instance, if some phone/pad have external screen and keyboard/mouse connection (we can use hdmi and bluetooth for now) you can do "real" work on it. Technically it is possible to work on such device combo with comfort. We often forget about first PCs with 640Kb ram, and 7Mhz processor. Plenty of work was done on those machines.

But will it ever happen. Of course not. I will like to see manufacturer that is willing to sell you one device instead of three. Now you have to buy desktop/laptop for real work, pads/tablets for pleasure time and phones for staying in touch. And don't forget about software that needs to be written for such device.

So is it possible - yes. Will we live to see such product - no.

Edited 2011-01-06 00:55 UTC

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BluenoseJake Member since:

I'm sorry, but if you are working in a major IDE, image editing, video editing, 3D editing, audio editing, what have you, you are going to need more than even 1280x700 to do any real work.

It's that simple, really, you aren't going to be lugging around 22 inch tablets, and you aren't going to want to spend more total on all the accessories you would need to make a normal tablet equal a mediocre desktop

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Luminair Member since:

uh you can use a monitor that is separate from the computer. it doesnt matter to the monitor how big the computer is.

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Neolander Member since:

I kind of like this idea of a phone which becomes a ygdesktop computer when you plug it in a dock. And from a performance point of view, it might work for most everyday tasks, even though those phone manufacturers who say that 1GHz and 512 MB of RAM are not enough for rendering things snappily a small phone's screen make me feel bad about the future of software optimization.

The problem I can see with that is software, though. At the moment, you have desktop UIs, tablet UIs, and phone UIs, which work in a different way. For this to work in a smooth and integrated way, we should have UI toolkits and software which adapt themselves to the hardware they run on, even when it means changing screen size. At the moment, looking at the announcement that Android 3 will be for tablets only, we're not really going in that direction.

Notion Ink's "panel" idea (putting several phones applications on a tablet screen and having tablet applications have their own small panel for quick access) is a step in the right direction, on the other hand. But will it be followed ?

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computrius Member since:

Yeah, but by the time you hook up a monitor, mouse, keyboard and whatever else to your tablet, you have something that isnt really much better than a desktop.

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