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Xandros announces Linux platform, app store for ARM-based devices

Xandros Linux is probably best known in netbook circles as the operating system powering Asus Eee PC netbooks. But at Mobile World Congress in Spain this week, the company behind Xandros made a series of announcements related to netbooks and low powered computing devices. Probably the most significant is that there are now versions of […]

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HyperSpace “instant on” software now works with ARM processors

Phoenix Technologies says the company’s quick start HyperSpace software now works with ARM processors. That means that you’ll be able to load HyperSpace on low cost computers like the upcoming Pegatron netbook which could sell for as little as $199. HyperSpace is a low power Linux-based environment which boots in about 10 to 20 seconds […]

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Freescale-powered netbooks could hit $200 this year

Freescale Semiconductor will be showing off mini-laptops powered by a Freescale ARM Cortex A8-based chip at CES this week. The netbook on display at CES will be built by Pegatron and will likely be based on Freescale’s reference design, which features an i.Mx515 processor. No word on whether any OEMs have adopted the reference design […]

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Qualcomm unveils netbook prototype with Snapdragon CPU

Qualcomm is showing off several concept designs for mobile devices built around the company’s new Snapdragon chipset. Wht makes the Snapdragon platform different from say, an Intel platform is that it’s ARM-based and includes built-in support for 3G connectivity. The two devices Qualcomm is showcasing at the moment represent two different markets for the chips: […]

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ARM and TI to challenge VIA and Intel in low-cost computer chip market

In desktop and laptop PCs, there’s been an arms race for the last few years between Intel and AMD. But when it comes to low cost ultraportables like the Asus Eee PC and HP Mini-Note, the two-way race has been between Intel and VIA. While the current crop of these computers feature older chips like […]