ARM-based processors have come a long way in the past few years. While the low power chip architecture was once best known for powering relatively slow smartphones and PDAs, we’re now seeing dual and quad-core chips with high performance graphics in modern phones and tablets. Now that Microsoft is planning on making Windows 8 compatible with ARM processors as well as x86 chips, it should come as no surprise that PC makers are thinking about giving ARM-based laptops a try.
According to DigiTimes, Acer, Asus, Samsung, and Toshiba are all working on notebooks with ARM chips. Asus is reportedly developing a 13 inch notebook with an NVIDIA Tegra processor and Google Android operating system.
ARM-based chips are generally more energy efficient than their x86 counterparts, but they’re also cheaper. DigiTimes suggests that laptops with these processors could run $299 or less — although I suspect the price will be a bit higher for laptops running Windows 8.