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ARM in half of all netbooks by 2012, says analyst

By Arthur Taylor. Published: 22nd Mar 2009, 21:01:52 | Permalink | Printable

Linux Today reports that an industry analyst reckons that ARM chips will surpass Intel's Atom chips in 55 percent of netbooks by 2012 - however, another analyst suggests ARM will only get 10 to 20 percent.

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This depends on the definition of "netbook". When does something stop being a PDA or smartphone and become a netbook? When does something stop being a netbook and become a subnotebook? Do you need a keyboard to be a netbook or can an oversized iPod Touch be called a netbook?

I think ARM will dominate the "low" end of the netbook range while Atom and other x86 clones will dominate the "high" end. By "low" and "high", I mean both price and specifications, where the Atom-powered netbooks will approach laptop specifications and prices (and run Windows 7), while the ARM-powered netbooks will run Mac OS X, Linux, Android or Symbian. And possibly RISC OS, if someone ports it. :-)

 is a RISC OS Usertorbenm on 23/3/09 3:16PM
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