Category: Laptops

PandaBoard, Texas Instruments OMAP4 ARM Cortex-A9

Posted by – November 13, 2010

It is released now, available for $174 to developers at http://pandaboard.org deliveries starting at the end of this month.

Nufront ARM Cortex-A9 can run at 2Ghz for Desktop and Laptop usage

Posted by – November 13, 2010

Beijing based Nufront is presenting their ARM Cortex-A9 processor which they plan to launch in commercial ARM Powered desktop and laptop solutions soon. Here are some demonstrations of it powering an Ubuntu 10.10 desktop and a Quake 3 game.

Chrome OS ARM Powered laptops could debut this month!

Posted by – November 2, 2010

Inventec may be preparing to ship 60-70 thousand ARM Powered laptops running the Chrome OS laptop starting later this month according to Taiwan based rumor and fact website Digitimes.com. This may be the absolute demonstration of the shifting trend to come in laptops, where Intel and Microsoft will not be needed anymore and laptops can run ARM Cortex processors with fast I/O, good RAM, flash based storage, very thin and light form factors with very long battery runtime and instant boot, all running full Chrome web browser OS, one that loads all websites at full speed and provides fast web browsing.

Can the ARM Powered laptops run a web browser at full speed, this will be the start of the revolution, as full speed web browsing is the main performance requirement for a mass consumer laptop product. If an average consumer and experts are able to browse the Internet on the ARM Powered Chrome OS laptop at similar or better speed than current Intel Atom based laptops, then this should mean the success of this platform.

See my video of an ARM Powered Inventec laptop presented at Computex 2009: Inventec ARM Laptop powered by Snapdragon also see the pocketable laptop form factore presented by Invented at Computex 2010: Inventec Dr eye and try to imagine the progress Inventec has been able to achieve for a Chrome OS type of full sized laptop platform since then.

Which processor do you think is going to be used for Chrome OS ARM Powered laptops? Do you think ARM Cortex-A9 will be a requirement? How much RAM? And how do you think they achieve fast enough I/O bus speeds to provide for a full performance web browsing system? Do you think ARM Powered Chrome OS devices will provide a full Native Code, Flash, 3D, local storage and fast javascripts/ajax support that can be required?

My opinion: If they ship it for $199 out of any contracts, with a good ARM Cortex-A9, good RAM and I/O hardware design, preferably with the Pixel Qi dual-mode screen for upwards 30-60 hours of battery runtime on a super thin and light form factor, well then, I think this can only become hugely successful.

Mark Shuttleworth loves the Toshiba AC100

Posted by – November 1, 2010

The CEO of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth, highlighted ARM Servers by Smooth-stone and Tegra2 Powered Toshiba AC100 at his keynote speech at the Ubuntu Developer Conference. He mentions the cool work done to port Ubuntu 10.10 to it: http://ac100.gudinna.com/. Hopefully Nvidia, Canonical people and the open source community will bring about full hardware acceleration for all aspects of Ubuntu 10.10 on this ARM Cortex-A9 laptop design.

Found via: blogarm.net

Archos Arnova 10.2 inch Samsung 533MHz ARM Powered Laptop

Posted by – October 18, 2010

It’s launched now, available in stock at Amazon UK for £126. 128Mb RAM, 2Gb ROM, it runs Windows CE 6.0. If it could run full Chrome OS, at this price, (probably ARM Cortex A9 is needed though) this type of product will be perfect.

The price is likely below 129€ in Europe and below $129 in the USA! USA does not pay taxes on consumer electronics.

Specs:
Processor: Samsung 533 MHz
Memory: 128Mb RAM, 2Gb ROM
Operating System: Windows CE 6.0
Display: 10.2 inch TFT LCD Digital display
Audio: Integrated speaker, 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Jack
User Interface: Buttons (Power on/off, Reset on/off), LEDs (AC/DC Power, Battery status)
Interfaces/Ports: Standard SD card slot (up to 32 Gb), 3 x USB 2.0, RJ-45, DC-in
Wireless Network: WLAN 802.11 b/g
Battery: 2100 mAH
Dimensions (WxDxH): 182.5 x 270 x 31 mm
Weight: 1.1 Kg

Thanks BenMars for your report from the Hong Kong Sourcing fair!

Source: http://www.jbmm.fr/2010/10/17/hong-kong-5-arnova-art-nouveau/

netbooknews.com: Malata T9000 Laptop for education runs on Marvell 166 ARM processor

Posted by – October 1, 2010

It is being said in this video that this ARM Powered laptop is customized with Linux software for education in China and comes with built-in SIM card reader for wireless Internet access.

Here are some specifications of the Armada 166 processor according to Marvell.com:

Attributes ARMADA166
Frequency (MHz) 800
Core Sheeva PJ1 w/WMMX2
ISA ARMv5/XScale
L1 Caches 32KB/32KB
L2 Cache 128KB
Memory LP-DDR 200 MHz DDR2 400 MHz (DDR2-800) x16
LCD Controller Up to WUXGA
Graphics 2D/Scaler
Video Up to D1 using WMMX2
Additional Blocks QdeoTM ICR
Key Peripherals FE, 5:1 Card Reader, USB, EPD Ctrl (166E)
Process, Package 55nm, BGA
Application E-Book

Source: netbooknews.com
Found via: engadget.com

netbooknews.com: Nufront’s ARM Cortex-A9 development box, can run up to 2Ghz Dual-core

Posted by – September 18, 2010

In parallel with the Intel Developer Forum, just next to Intel’s event, some competitors are showing such nice things as this ARM Cortex A9 processor design and implementation by Chinese manufacturer Nufront, they say that final products with this could be on the market below $250 before Christmas with power consumption below 2W for the whole system. They plan this solution for low cost and low power Netbook and Desktop style products.

This video was released at: http://www.netbooknews.com/9048/nufront-readies-2-0ghz-dual-core-arm-cortex-a9-processor/

Toshiba AC-100 ARM Tegra2 Powered Android Laptop

Posted by – September 2, 2010

This is probably so far the coolest looking ARM Powered laptop to be released broadly on the market. The first ARM Cortex A9 based laptop. Runs an optimized Android OS with custom web browser from Opera Mobile and I am guessing, the full Chrome browser for ARM may be able to run on this eventually as well. This laptop is being released right now for around 299€ or $299 with WiFi and a bit more for the version with built-in 3G modem.

Toshiba Places, content on all screens

Posted by – September 2, 2010

A synchronized cloud based content browsing and streaming system that works across set-top-box, laptops both ARM powered and Intel powered, and on Toshiba’s new Tegra2 based Android laptops and tablets.

High School students get the OLPC XO-1.5 HS Laptop with new keyboard

Posted by – August 5, 2010

Uruguay has already given one laptop to every child between 6-12 years old. Now they want to give laptops to older students too from 12-15 years old. For this, OLPC has installed a keyboard that is more suitable for older kids:

Remember that OLPC is full at work on OLPC XO-1.75 which is a Marvell Armada powered OLPC laptop, which may also get a 8.9″ touch screen. And that OLPC is also full at work with Marvell to release the XO-3 tablet design by next CES.

As you can see with the hundreds of videos at my other video-blog http://olpc.tv, OLPC is a huge success wherever it is implemented. The ARM based versions that are coming, hopefully also using the newest version of the Pixel Qi screens, should allow for a significant lowering of the manufacturing prices and a much lower power consumption.

Source of this video: olpcnews.com