jueves, 4 de febrero de 2010

ARM will fly without windows? Then bring it on!

I was reading yesterday this article of an interview to Warren East, one of the top guys at ARM.

He goes on about how ARM will succeed with or without Windows (not ME) supporting it once it starts being pumped into markets in the shape of a new architecture for netbooks.

I've being begging for this beauties to come out for months already. Last year I saw forecasts saying how thew would start selling for roughly 200US$ and coming out on the 3rd quarter 2009... then the 4th... we are already past the 1st month of the 1st quarter of 2010 and only prototypes are what I've seen. I'm already fed up with it.

So, Warren, please... instead of forecasting doom for Windows if they don't support ARM (and I hope both things do happen), tell me when the machines will finally be out, who will put them out and the prices. I've already had my fare share of predictions about ARM netbooks. I want to actually see them and buy them (just 5 of them for me... I want to see the faces of my brother and sister when they get theirs being unable to run Windows on them).

Thanks in advance!

10 comentarios:

  1. "...with or without Windows (not ME)..."
    Don't you mean CE? :-)

    Anyway, I'm not holding my breath but:
    - If the faster ARM cores really use little energy;
    - If they are cheap compared to AMD/Intel

    I REALLY DON'T want a $200 box/netbook. I WANT a eight-core box with 4 to 8GB RAM and a big screen (or put that in a motherboard and sell desktops!).
    Hell, give me 16 cores and a NUMA configuration with DDR3!

    I'd buy a $500 ARM machine. Many people would buy a $2000 16 core machine for servers.

    STOP trying to make a $100 netbook with 256MB RAM, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. The ARM based tablets are practically here. The Joojoo is now in production, and the company that produces it is already taking pre-orders in the US.

    What it looks like is that we will first see ARM based tablets running Android, Linux and maybe WinCE, then ARM based netbooks.

  3. wow, +100 there! waiting for those things to start selling for more than a year now.

  4. ARM Google ChromeOS tablets and netbooks with Pixel Qi sun readable screens and 24 hour use battery life, and one week standby. Bring it on!

  5. "STOP trying to make a $100 netbook with 256MB RAM, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Who says they have to choose either/or? Why isn't there room in the market to sell ARM-based systems which are both enormously powerful (like you want) and minimalist (like I want)?

  6. @Nuno.... I see your point.. but that's your prerogative. I respect it but that's not what I'm looking for.

    I'd be very happy working on a 1Gb ram box with a long battery life. I know that the ARM boxes will perform almost as well as any other atom based netbook.


  7. I can't believe you don't know about the touch book.

  8. frogfarm: Agreed, of course.

    Edmundo: 1GB isn't that bad. But most ARM tablet's I've heard of have less memory than my phone (eheheh almost).

    I'm talking about mass market. A slow device with 128MB of RAM will just create a *bad* *name* for the whole platform. Maybe the tech people will know it's not half bad, but the users will just think it doesn't even run Firefox.

    The only solution is to mark clearly the "big phones without SIM card" as such and the "I hope they will release soon" laptop...

  9. @pafipe: Man, I just took a look at it. 400 US$ for the netbook? I'm expect arm netbooks to be around 200 US$. I guess time will tell.

  10. @ edmundo: I kind of feel you there a little bit. But I tell you man, You're going to have to wait a long time for a 200 US$ ARM based netbook. ARM licenses IP and that means one extra layer of expense for the manufacturer(s).

    But going back to the touch book, you don't have to buy it as a netbook. You can get only the tablet (which is what your article is about any way) and save 100 US$ while giving up the keyboard and one of the batteries.

    As a tablet it does a lot more than the iPad for a lot less money and the expandability, openness of the hardware (it's based on the Beagle Board), choice of OS, etc. are a great plus.

    The only problem wit it is the two month shipping delay (they're getting too many orders). But I think even Apple wants that problem.