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+ - ARM: heretic in the church of Intel, Moore's Law-> 1

Submitted by ericatcw
ericatcw (1194651) writes "For 30+ years, the PC industry has been as obsessed with under-the-hood performance: MIPs, MHz, transistors per chip. Blame Moore's Law, which effectively laid down the Gospel of marketing PCs like sports cars. But with mobile PCs and green computing coming to the fore, enter ARM, which is challenging the Gospel according to Moore with chips that are low-powered in both senses of the word. Some of its most popular CPUs have 100,000 transistors, fewer than a 12 MHz Intel 286 CPU from 1982 (download PDF). But they also consume as little as a quarter of a watt, which is why netbook makers are embracing them. It's "megahertz per milli-watt,"that counts, according to ARM exec Ian Drew, who predicts that 6-10 ARM-based netbooks running Linux and costing just around $200 should arrive this year starting in July."
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ARM: heretic in the church of Intel, Moore's Law

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  • by zogger (617870)

    I just hope one of them comes as a "ruggedized" model, suitable for mostly outside use (as opposed to cafe table use indoors), with better shock resistance, water semi proof keyboard, screen visible in sunlight, etc. Having all the radios built in is a plus as well, wifi, quad band cellular service whatever. I know that would mash the price up some, but if the plain jane models will only be 200 bucks, perhaps another hundred would give one a bit more stout. I was looking at an asus eeepc netbook last night,

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