Freescale is showing their reference design for sub-$200 tablets. The target is that tablets can soon be sold below $200 to end consumers that are able to run any Linux-based OS, including Android or Chromium OS - based on the open-source code available at http://chromium.org
In this video, Freescale's product manager of Software Development demonstrates the status of their optimizations of running Chromium OS on their i.MX51 based devices, among other form factors is the recently announced $199 tablet form factor. It even supports hardware acceleration of HTML5 based video playback.
This means, full power Chromium OS could be made available in the next few months in Laptop and Tablet form factors to be sold well below $200 unlocked without contracts. The main question is how fast and how smooth will the Chromium Browser feel on ARM Powered devices? This is to be seen and tested very soon! Follow my video-blog for hands-on reports showing performance of Chromium OS running on all the ARM Powered devices very soon. Check also for Chrome browser running within Android, or for Chromium OS modified to add Android apps support, thus merging the two.
I also wonder, how much more does a $65 ARM Powered laptop cost if it uses an ARM Cortex A8 processor like the ones from Freescale instead of the ARM9 or ARM11 based ones from rockchip, VIA, Samsung and others. If the price increase is within $35, then welcome will be all the sub-$100 full power smooth ARM Powered Chromium OS laptops and tablets! Without actually knowing the real price difference between the ARM9, ARM11 and ARM Cortex based cheap laptops, my guess is that the availability of sub-$200 and sub-$100 Chromium/Android Laptops/Tablets is a possibility.
DSK Digital is launching this Texas Instruments OMAP3 600mhz ARM based full Linux computer system for a whole bunch of low power, even solar powered computing for on the field healthcare, e-government and teacher training applications.
Marvell is showing an awesome looking full Ubuntu 9.10 desktop solution, based on their Marvell Armada 510 processor and system on chip design, manufacturers can now make desktop computers running Ubuntu to be sold for as little as $100 to $150 depending on volumes and margins taken by retailers. You get HDMI output, e-sata, 3 USB ports, audio in/out, all integrated in one ultra slim and light desktop box. It can playback 1080p video, output 1080p Ubuntu user interfaces and also render 3D games like Quake3 at the same time. This ebox Ubuntu desktop example is manufactured by Quanta.
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Steve Sperle, head of Consumer Segment Marketing at Freescale, shows us an overview of the product demonstrated at their Suite several new tablet, e-reader, laptops, smartbooks and interactive display implementations of their i.MX515 ARM based processor technology.
Freescale is powering a new Smartbook design by Wistron running Canonical's Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Sharp runs a Freescale processor in the Sharp PC-Z1 and Acer is launching the DisplayPlus D241H 24-inch smart monitor.
Here is Marvell Armada 510 1.2GHz powered laptop that is capable of 1080p video playback. I will film it more in detail showing the status of the Ubuntu Linux implementation, show the performance of the web browser and more features of this laptop during the next few days.
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