Industry heavyweights prep ARM-based notebooks

A number of industry heavyweights – including Samsung, Toshiba, Acer and Asus – are reportedly prepping ARM-powered notebooks for the mainstream PC market.

According to DigiTimes, systems running on ARM-based architecture could hit the market by the end of 2011 – although a 2012 launch date for Windows 8 devices seems much more likely (ChromeBooks could theoretically arrive earlier).

As you may recall, ARM systems loaded with Google’s Android OS were launched under a nascent “smartbook” brand some two years ago.

However, the devices were eventually phased out of the hyper-competitive market due to less than stellar demand.

Nevertheless, ARM (along with numerous analysts) believe quad-core notebooks running operating systems other than Android are likely to claim significant market share. 

To be sure, ARM CEO Tudor Brown recently stated that power-conscious ARM chips paired with a RISC-friendly version of Windows 8 were capable of capturing approximately 40% of the lucrative notebook market by 2015.

Brown added that ARM’s partnership with Microsoft will enable both corporations to create a “brand new demand driver,” while allowing his company to successfully break into the notebook market.


It should be noted that several vendors are planning to launch ARM-based notebooks with price points lower than $299.

Processor choices apparently include Nvidia’s Tegra, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and various SoCs from Texas Instruments (TI).