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ARM tells Intel where to get off

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Tue Feb 17 2009, 15:52

ARM has been showing off its latest range of chips at the Mobile World Congress 2009 and effectively telling Chipzilla and Nvidia where to get off.

While world plus dog writing about how Intel is going to blast its way into the Smartphone market with its Atom, and penning yarns about how Nvidia can carve its own niche on the scene, boffins at ARM have been getting on with making stuff that punters might actually buy.

The Mobile World Congress has been seeing a number of ARM's efforts. These include the Ubuntu Alpha release on the ARM Cortex- A8 processor. Since Ubuntu 9.04 is scheduled for full release in April 2009, it could shunt both Ubuntu and Arm into a strong place in the netbook market.

As if it was hedging its bets, ARM has adapted ARMv7 architecture to run the Debian Linux-based Xandros distribution.

Other things on show were a Pegatron Netbook and Nettop running the ARM Cortex-A8 processor. They are ultra slim, high performance, low power and low-cost with full Internet connectivity and extended battery life. Apparently we will see them later this year.

Another thing at the ARM stand was the Thinkfree Mobile which is running on the ARMv6 architecture and powered by Java.

It also looks like ARM has got Phoenix HyperSpace working on the ARMCortex-A8 processor.

ARM said HyperSpace has been optimized for the ARM Cortex-A8 and will be jacked under bonnet of netbooks and mobile devices powered by ARM processors.

Wistron is running a demonstration of something called a P/Book which has an 11.1-inch screen. Both are powered with ARM processors based on the ARMv7 architecture and will be available in 2009.

It is worth pointing out that the 11-inch plus market is something that our chums in Nvidia are desperate to get into because this sort of gear needs more graphics which is supposed to be its forte.

More than 10 billion ARM-powered phone-like gadgets have been flogged world-wide so far. µ




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