Google prepping ARM-powered Chromebooks

The current – rather limited – lineup of Google Chromebooks are powered by Intel’s x86 processors.

However, Mountain View is reportedly prepping at least two new models that will feature RISC-based ARM chips. 
Indeed, ChromeStory has spotted a Chrome-powered device dubbed “Daisy,” which may be either a Chromebook or Chromebox. 

Either way, the system apparently boasts an ethernet port, and will almost certainly support WiFi or 3G.

Daisy also comes loaded with Samsung’s Exynos 5250, an ARM Cortex-A15 processor clocking in at a speedy 2.0GHz. 

According to Samsung, the powerful chip is capable of processing 14 billion instructions per second – making it almost twice as fast as a 1.5 GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 chip. 

In addition, the chip offers four times the 3D graphics performance, twice as much memory bandwidth and an impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution.  

Meanwhile, LaptopReviews reports that Sony is prepping a Vaio-branded Chromebook that will sport an ARM-based Nvidia Tegra processor.

Additional specs are said to include an 11.6” diagonal screen, 2GB of RAM, two USB ports, SD card reader, headphone port, microphone, HDMI, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and a 16GB SSD.

Unsurprisingly, Google is also apparently working on a number of new x86-powered Chrome products alongside its upcoming ARM-based lineup, including three devices code-named “Slumpy,” “Stumpy,” and “Newton.”