2013 Will Be ARMageddon on the Desktop: Nvidia’s next Tegra Chip

“being a powerful SoC best suited for high-end tablets, but also a good fit for small, inexpensive ARM-based laptops or desktops.”

see All we know about Nvidia’s next-generation Tegra chip | Ars Technica.


There it is. While current ARM processors from many suppliers are marginally sufficient to run a desktop OS, the generation coming will be there for sure. Quad-core will be standard and they will be A15 cores… Already you can put a usable but slow desktop on a Raspberry Pi. In 2013, people will have speedy, small and inexpensive desktops running GNU/Linux without any Wintel tax, not on the CPU nor the OS. This will be a price-breakthrough and it will be accepted by big-name OEMs or the little guys will take share and run with it.

Expect to find GNU/Linux on ARM taking retail shelf-space away from Wintel or scatterings of GNU/Linux on ARM amongst the tablets and smartphones. Samsung, are you up for the challenge? In 2013, folks are predicting a 50% growth in small cheap computer shipments and businesses will be using the gadgets of all kinds. To offer a distinct option in this competitive market, no hold will be barred. There will be fewer “Wintel shops”. It’s going to be a great year for FLOSS.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to 2013 Will Be ARMageddon on the Desktop: Nvidia’s next Tegra Chip

  1. ram says:

    Intel’s NUC (Next Unit of Computing) boxen are only 4 inches by 4 inches by around 1 inch thick. They have two cores and run four threads, and use DDR3 memory. They cost under $500, considerably less in quantity. The NUC boxen are designed to run Linux, and don’t run Microsoft 8, so stop saying WinTel. Intel’s most competitive new products are specifically designed around Linux.

  2. Wintel is allowed to diversify. I, unlike M$, like diverse competitors in the market. I am sure Intel will be competitive with Atom at 10 nm or so and I doubt they have any interest in killing off Nvidia’s ARM branch. Government regulators would not likely be amused.

  3. George Hostler says:

    I’m excited about developments with processors that reduce the battery usage footprint along with video processors able to perform well in a similar manner.

    The FAT PC’s (pun intended) are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Gone IMO are sloppy operating system programming techniques using higher languages that don’t make for tight code.

    The new slew of mini tablets, cell phones and netbooks with truth general purpose operating systems have basically made the FAT PC a thing of the past.

  4. MK says:

    I wouldn’t be too hasty to write Intel off just yet. Rumor has it that … http://www.slashgear.com/intel-to-acquire-nvidia-in-wild-rumor-with-jen-hsun-at-helm-13260891/

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