The One Laptop Per Child group could soon move to adopt an ARM based processor for its next generation XO Laptop. The move is interesting for a few reasons. First, ARM CPUs tend to consume far less power than x86 chips from companies like Intel, AMD, and VIA. And second, Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 aren’t designed to run on ARM processors. So while some work has been done to get Windows XP to run on the current XO Laptop alongside with a custom Linux interface called Sugar OS, there may be no Windows option for the XO-2.

OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte is calling on Microsoft to design a version of Windows that can run on ARM based processors. Right now the closest you can get is running Windows Mobile, which is an entirely different (and much more limited) operating system designed for cellphones and mobile devices.

The move away from the AMD Geode CPU used in current XO Laptops isn’t quite a done deal yet. But the final decision could be made soon.

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign


Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,501 other subscribers

3 replies on “OLPC to use ARM CPU in next-gen XO laptop?”

  1. They should try RISCOS, which was developed specifically for ARM, which stands for the Advanced RISC Machine, and prior to that Acorn RISC Machine.

  2. Don’t make any bets on this. While it makes a lot of sense to use ARM, Microsoft will bring a lot of pressure to bear to keep this from happening. Remember what happened to the original OLPC once Microsoft got it’s hooks into the project?

    With all the interest in ARM I am willing to bet that somewhere deep inside Redmond they are working on a flavor of Windows (not CE) that will run on ARM.

Comments are closed.