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Wistron N900z: Good battery life, meh performance

Last year Intel Atom powered netbooks were all the rage at Computex. This year, it’s mini-laptops with ARM processors, like the Wistron N900Z. Laptop Magazine’s Joanna Stern  got a chance to check out this little laptop with a Freescale i.MX515 ARM-based processor running at 800MHz. As you’d expect, the system is a bit sluggish compared […]

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Chip maker Freescale adds support for Android, HyperSpace netbooks

FreeScale Semiconducter announced last month that it’s 600MHz to 1GHz chips were ready to power Linux-based netbooks. The company put out a reference design with Pegatron that demonstrated the platform’s ability to support Ubuntu Linux. Now Freescale is announcing broader support for its chipset. Freescale says its netbook cosystem can support Google’s Android operating system, […]

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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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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 […]