US chip maker Broadcom is best known for its communication and broadband technologies. But the company recently launched the Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Media Accelerator which enables HD video playback on low power netbooks. And now it looks like Broadcom may go all-in on the mobile device market by developing a CPU that could be used in netbooks or Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs).
Telecoms reports that Broadcom has licensed ARM’s Cortex A9 multicore processor technology, as well as technology for media acceleration on low power ARM-based chips.
ARM-based processors tend to use significantly less energy than competing products from Intel, VIA, and AMD. But since they’re not x86 chips, they can’t run Windows XP, Vista, or 7 which means ARM-powered devices typically run Windows CE, Linux, or custom operating systems.
via Netbook News.de