Atom-powered Netbooks may be the flavor of the month, but all that will change if ARM gets its way. The chip company visited the Crave UK offices to show off an exciting concept Netbook that's powered by the same architecture used in the Palm Pre. Yes! We said "exciting" and "Netbook" in the same sentence!
The unnamed demo unit, built by the awesomely named Pegatron, which is owned by Asus, uses a Freescale iMX515 CPU--a product that in turn uses the same ARM Coretex-A8 chip used in the Pre. In mobile phone guise, the chip is clocked somewhere in the region of 600MHz, but stretches its legs to a full 1GHz in the Pegatron. That might not sound like much, but the 65nm Coretex-A8 is capable of running 720p high-definition movies and 3D gaming.
It doesn't appear to consume much power while it's going about its business, either. Its modest two-cell battery is said to last between 4.5 and 8 hours depending on use. We'll take these figures with a pinch of salt until we test one in the field, but here's hoping the estimates are at least close. … Read more