We have seen plenty of examples of smart phones, tablets and a few smartbooks/netbooks using ARM processors. What of the desktop? While desktops don’t need mobility and ultra-low-power consumption ARM CPUs are fanless and therefor quiet.
Here are some who worked on prototypes/demos:
- Compulab’s TrimSlice
- BeagleBoard multiple screen setup
- NuFront all-in-one
- PandaBoard from TI
- even an AmLogic set-top box makes a decent desktop
So, I don’t see any problem with small, cheap computers running Linux and ARM moving into the desktop space. Maybe it won’t be a tidal wave this year, but next year when Cortex A15 is out, watch out!
According to ARM, “The ARM Cortexâ„¢-A15 MPCoreâ„¢ processor is the highest-performance licensable processor the industry has ever seen. It delivers unprecedented processing capability, combined with low power consumption to enable compelling products in markets ranging from smartphones, tablets, mobile computing, high-end digital home, servers and wireless infrastructure. The unique combination of performance, functionality, and power-efficiency provided by the Cortex-A15 MPCore processor reinforces ARMâ€™s clear leadership position in these high-value and high-volume application segments.”