The invasion of Normandy was in June 1944. The invasion of mainstream computing by ARM will come in June 2011, 67 years later. The invasion by ARM will have a huge and lasting effect.
“The global CPU market in 2011 will feature two important things: Wintel will no longer be the only platform and will be increasingly replaced by ARM which tends to dominate in tablet PCs, and AMD will be able to change the ecosystem and score points in the global notebook market if it moves faster; and Nvidia’s Tegra 2 has been widely adopted by vendors for mainstream notebooks expected to be launched in June 2011, the sources pointed out.”
The particular ARM CPU and graphics chip mentioned is the Nvidia Tegra 2:
- Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU â€” The world’s first mobile dual-core CPU for faster Web browsing, snappier response time, and overall better performance. The Cortex-A9 is the first mobile CPU with out of order execution for more efficient processing, resulting in a better overall experience.
- Ultra-low power (ULP) GeForce GPU â€” Architected for low-power applications, the ULP GeForce GPU delivers outstanding mobile 3D game playability and a visually engaging, highly-responsive 3D user interface.
- 1080p Video Playback Processor â€” Watch 1080p HD movies stored on your mobile device on your HDTV without compromising battery life.
Suddenly, we are going to have full-sized notebooks with the battery-life of a netbook. The larger displays will suck more juice but the heavy-duty parts will be ARM A9+Nvidia’s secret sauce. AMD is coming late to the dance. Isn’t it sweet to see hardware manufacturers that a few years ago shied away from Linux now embracing it? Imagine these folks having a market all to themselves for a year or two pushing out mainstream products that are going to sell retail. Sweet.
Some commenters here have been implying I am a crackpot for predicting this but it has been inevitable since the smart-thingies took off and now Digitimes predicts it with much more certainty. Digitimes knows what manufacturers, OEMs and retailers are thinking about these products. Read their article.
see Nvidia’s Demo – 8 cores 500 mW
The developer’s kit runs Android or native GNU/Linux. Good fun.