Printed from http://www.electronista.com

New ARM processors to enter into netbooks

updated 01:10 pm EDT, Thu October 23, 2008

ARM-based netbooks coming

New processors designed by ARM will soon find their way into netbooks, says the company's director of mobile solutions, Rob Coombs. ARM is more commonly associated with the low-power processors used in many smartphones, including Apple's iPhone. ARM is working on a successor to its ARM11 architecture, dubbed Cortex-A8, which Coombs notes should be fast enough for both smartphones and netbooks. Some individuals are "playing around with gigahertz speeds," Coombs claims.

Due in 2010 is Cortex-A9, a multicore variant of A8 which should also be more power-efficient due to the ability to execute multiple instructions at nominally slower speeds.

It is not known which companies may decide to build Cortex-based netbooks, but Coombs notes that some of ARM's clients include the likes of Samsung, Panasonic, NEC and Toshiba. Finished products would present a direct challenge to Intel, whose Atom processors are effectively built for netbooks and other mobile Internet devices (MIDs). A future version of the Atom may threaten ARM, through inclusion in smartphones. It is rumored that Apple may switch to Intel processors with successive iPhones.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Seagate Wireless

It seems like no matter how much internal storage is included today's mobile devices, we, as users, will always find a way to fill the ...

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Android, 10.1-inch)

Lenovo is building a bigger name for itself year after year, including its devices expanding beyond desktop computers. The company's l ...

Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer

When it comes to selecting a printer, the process is not exactly something most people put a lot of thought into. Printers are often t ...

Advertisement

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News