Chip maker Qualcomm has been showing off prototype netbooks or smartbooks using the company’s Snapdragon platform for about a year. But there’s not a single Snapdragon powered smartbook available on the market… yet. Forbes is reporting that Qualcomm plans to announce the first smartbook using its technology during an analyst meeting in New York tomorrow.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform combines a low power ARM-based processor with wireless connectivity including WiFi, 3G, GPS, and Bluetooth. There aren’t any details on the device that will be launched today, but it’s a good bet it runs some sort of Linux operating system since Windows XP, Vista, and 7 don’t run on ARM processors. Theoretically it could also run Windows CE, but all of the demos of Snapdragon devices I’ve seen have been machines running Linux.
Forbes suggests that 15 different manufacturers are working on 40 different Snapdragon devices, but most won’t be available until next year.