Google prepping ARM-powered Chromebooks

Posted by Trent Nouveau

The current - rather limited - lineup of Google Chromebooks are powered by Intel’s x86 processors.

However, Mountain View is reportedly prepping at least two new models that will feature RISC-based ARM chips. 
Indeed, ChromeStory has spotted a Chrome-powered device dubbed "Daisy," which may be either a Chromebook or Chromebox. 

Google prepping ARM-powered ChromebooksEither way, the system apparently boasts an ethernet port, and will almost certainly support WiFi or 3G.

Daisy also comes loaded with Samsung’s Exynos 5250, an ARM Cortex-A15 processor clocking in at a speedy 2.0GHz. 

According to Samsung, the powerful chip is capable of processing 14 billion instructions per second - making it almost twice as fast as a 1.5 GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 chip. 

In addition, the chip offers four times the 3D graphics performance, twice as much memory bandwidth and an impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution.  

Meanwhile, LaptopReviews reports that Sony is prepping a Vaio-branded Chromebook that will sport an ARM-based Nvidia Tegra processor.

Additional specs are said to include an 11.6” diagonal screen, 2GB of RAM, two USB ports, SD card reader, headphone port, microphone, HDMI, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and a 16GB SSD.

Unsurprisingly, Google is also apparently working on a number of new x86-powered Chrome products alongside its upcoming ARM-based lineup, including three devices code-named "Slumpy," "Stumpy," and "Newton."