ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, TI Form Linux Company
By Suzanne Deffree, EDN, June 3, 2010
Six major electronics industry companies are putting their weight behind open source, announcing the formation of a not-for-profit company committed to providing new resources and industry alignment for software developers using Linux on SOCs. The company, Linaro, starts up with support from ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments, all of which will invest resources in open-source projects that can then be used by Linux-based distributions.
Plextor Also Adopts Marvell's Controller In SATA 6.0Gbps SSD
By Sebastian Pop, Softpedia, June 4, 2010
The entire Computex exhibition this year is practically dominated by tablets, which act as a battleground for the Intel Moorestown platform, the NVIDIA Tegra 2 system-on-chip (SoC) and any other CPUs based on the ARM architecture, most notable of which are the Qualcomm Snapdragons. In the wake of these newcomers, not many devices of other types, besides the GTX 465 and the unreleased P67 chipset, got the chance to truly shine at their leisure.
Computex 2010: China-Based Malata To Start Mass Producing E-Book Readers In August
By Monica Chen, Digitimes, June 4, 2010
China-based PC player Malata plans to start the mass production of its e-book readers in August and will offer both Wintel and ARM-based designs, according to the company. Malata currently has five factories and two R&D centers in China and has a total of 20,000 employees. In addition to design, the company is also capable of supplying PCBs and PC related components in house.
Inventec Dr. Eye MID Crosses A Netbook And Smartphone
By Brad Linder, Liliputing, June 3, 2010
The Dr. Eye MID has a 4.8 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, a 600MHz Marvell ARM-based CPU, and runs Google Android 2.1. The device comes in three versions. One model is WiFi only, but there are also GPRS and 3G models which can even make phone calls. At launch, the Dr. Eye MID will sell for between $350 and $500 in China, although the company wouldn’t rule out a US launch if it can find a distributor.
By Al Williams, Dr. Dobbs, June 3, 2010
Many vendors make ARM-based stuff. I'm partial to NXP only because I have some prototyping boards with NXP chips on them, although I've used STM and a few other vendors too. The gcc implementation is good, but not as nice as the AVRs. JTAG debugging is cheap enough. And for about $25 I can get a nice PCB with a 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 running at 72MHz and with a 1/2 meg of program memory, 64K of RAM, and a raft of I/O.
Chrome Is Getting Polished For Christmas
By Tim Beyers, The Motley Fool, June 3, 2010
And if Google's iPad killer turns out to be more chihuahua than rottweiler? I'm not sure it'll matter. The very act of increasing the number and variety of tablet operating systems should increase Intel's Atom opportunity, and even more so for Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) and ARM Holdings (Nasdaq: ARMH), which together power Dell's (Nasdaq: DELL) interesting but probably too-small-to-hurt-Apple Streak tablet. Qualcomm chips based on ARM architecture also power Google's Nexus One smartphone.
Smartbooks Are Dying on the Vine. That's Dumb
By Brian Barrett, Gizmodo, June 3, 2010
So what's a smartbook? Conventional adspeak is that a smartbook is any device that's part netbook, part smartphone. That's the problem with adspeak: it doesn't actually mean anything. A broader but perhaps more accurate definition seems to be: an ARM-based processor in anything other than a phone. Which means, hey, the iPad counts! Whenever Qualcomm or Freescale trumpets the bright future for smartbooks, they're leaning heavily on projections of consumer spending that includes tablets, including the iPad.
Don’t forget to check out the videos from our friend Charbax with ARMdevices.net straight from Computex 2010.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8660, the third generation, 45nm dual-core 1.2ghz
- ZTE 4″ Maemo device
- Foxconn 7″ Capacitive Android Tablet
- Dell Streak Android Tablet
- Inventec Kayak, low cost 3G/2G phone with built-in computer
- Besta 10″ Samsung ARM Cortex A8 Laptop prototype
- Acer Android Phone beTouch E120
- Acer Android Phone beTouch E130
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