The top dog in the netbook and mobile internet device (MID) market as far as CPUs go right now is hands down Intel's Atom CPU. The Atom powers the vast majority of netbook systems on the market. Other CPU makers have their eyes on the netbook market, which is one of the best performing and fastest growing segments in the computer industry.
Laptop Magazine reports that ARM has plans to enter into the netbook and MID category with its processors. ARM's processors already power mobile devices that are optimized for performance and power savings. One of the most popular devices to run an ARM processor is the iPhone. Intel recently criticized the ARM processor used in the iPhone calling it slow.
According to Laptop, ARM feels that moving into the netbook and MID category is a natural evolution for the company. ARM has an architecture that is already delivering optimized web browsing, high-quality video and low power demands in mobile phones.
ARM director of strategic software alliances Kerry McGuire told Laptop, "Our platform can provide not only high performance but all-day battery life and advanced video functionality. We can provide maximum power saving."
Possibly the biggest issue ARM will have to contend with are operating system choices its CPU architecture offers. ARM is readying an Ubuntu Linux ARM distribution that could power a netbook. The catch is that some netbook manufacturers say that return rates for machines running Linux are much higher than return rates for those running Windows.
ARM points out that its CPUs have a history of working with Windows CE and Windows Mobile.
quote: So the iPhone has more units out there than HTC and Motorola
quote: I think we can all agree that referencing the iPhone in this article was used a silly excuse to follow it with another slightly more relevant sentence that linked to another DT article.
quote: ARM points out that its CPUs have a history of working with Windows CE and Windows Mobile.
quote: Even if they come up with an ARM version of Linux, people will be limited to the programs they released with the OS, as no ARM based programs exist.
quote: iPhones use 412MHz ARM CPUs. So already there are more ARM based iPhones than x86 based Netbooks. If anyone can push ARM netbooks into the mainstream, it's Apple.
quote: And ARM based programs? There are already over 3000 applications available in an ARM compatible format.
quote: None of which are designed for use with a desktop linux variant, every single one of the programs will have to be changed to work under a unix desktop environment. And there will still be no other programs available other the the ones they chose to release with their version of the OS.
quote: Comparing ARM mobile programs to a desktop variant is like comparing a windows program to a windows mobile program. Two totally different systems that work in different ways. And ARM desktop chip will be no different.
quote: ARM is not going to be able to compete with x86 in the netbook market. First, you are never going to see an ARM release of windows