Industry heavyweights prep ARM-based notebooks

  • A number of industry heavyweights - including Samsung, Toshiba, Acer and Asus - are reportedly prepping ARM-powered notebooks for the mainstream PC market.

    According to DigiTimes, systems running on ARM-based architecture could hit the market by the end of 2011 - although a 2012 launch date for Windows 8 devices seems much more likely (ChromeBooks could theoretically arrive earlier).

    As you may recall, ARM systems loaded with Google's Android OS were launched under a nascent "smartbook" brand some two years ago.

    However, the devices were eventually phased out of the hyper-competitive market due to less than stellar demand.

    Nevertheless, ARM (along with numerous analysts) believe quad-core notebooks running operating systems other than Android are likely to claim significant market share. 

    To be sure, ARM CEO Tudor Brown recently stated that power-conscious ARM chips paired with a RISC-friendly version of Windows 8 were capable of capturing approximately 40% of the lucrative notebook market by 2015.

    Brown added that ARM's partnership with Microsoft will enable both corporations to create a "brand new demand driver," while allowing his company to successfully break into the notebook market.
    It should be noted that several vendors are planning to launch ARM-based notebooks with price points lower than $299.

    Processor choices apparently include Nvidia's Tegra, Qualcomm's Snapdragon and various SoCs from Texas Instruments (TI).

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