INTEL IS LIKELY to be mightily miffed after HP announced that it is testing Qualcomm's ARM Cortex based Snapdragon chip for use in a scaled-down PC.
HP is showing the little computer at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week so it is doing more than just testing it.
Up until now Intel has enjoyed almost complete control of the netbook market with its Atom processor. However Snapdragon is getting good reviews and is already heading towards some market breaking smartphones.
Other than the fact that HP has been showing its prototype Snapdragon netbook off at CES there is little else known about the company's plans. It could just be waving the gear around in the hope of getting Chipzilla to panic and offer it a better deal.
According to Qualcomm it has entered into an agreement with HP to design a smartbook based on the Snapdragon. This smartbook will have Google's Android operating system. It looks like it will be based on the Snapdragon QSD8250 chipset with an integrated Scorpion central processing unit. It should manage to run at up to 1GHz with the wind behind it and going downhill. The device will also support high-speed 3G and WiFi wireless connectivity.
Snapdragon chipsets have been designed for PDAs and their big plus is that they can run a mobile phone or small computer for 24 hours on a single battery charge while receiving data throughout the day. µ
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