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ARM: 90% of PCs may be netbooks in coming years

updated 05:00 pm EST, Wed February 3, 2010

ARM wants to power netbook PCs in the future

Chipmaker ARM believes netbooks will make up 90 percent of the PC market, according to the company's chief executive Warren East. ARM is the biggest competitor to Intel's Atom CPUs in the netbook market, and East believes the company will not rely on Windows support in order to be successful. In a typical netbook, the main chip is usually an Intel or AMD device, with two or three ARM microprocessors for features such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and East says ARM is trying to change that.

East admits that if ARM chips had Windows support, it would speed up when ARM chips could power netbooks. Still, with Linux-based operating systems growing so rapidly, East believes ARM will still achieve its goals.

Apple's recently introduced iPad is symbolic of the change as it uses an ARM processor despite its large, netbook-sized screen. Many smartphones depend on ARM, as do upcoming smartbooks like the Lenovo Skylight. [via PCPro]

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It sounds like scary times ahead for the

    Windows regime. It think it might be somewhat easy to sway the consumer market away from Windows, but those corporate Microsoft loyalists probably won't budge. It's not easy to teach old Microsoft Windows dogs new tricks. They'll somehow manage to keep all that legacy stuff going until Microsoft completely packs it in.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ARM, you mean A4?

    - A

  1. Clayton001

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Of course! There already are HUNDREDS of ARM PCs

    Well of course. I have shown this for some time in my blog at .

    There are already HUNDREDS of manufacturers of very cheap ARM-based netbooks -- in China! And, as I showed, there are THOUSANDS of sources!

    Really, this ARM thing is taking over the world of computing. You can get an ARM netbook from China, FREE SHIPPING, for MUCH beyond (under) the supposed $100 barrier. Alibaba, the trusted Chinese e-commerce site protects your payment: no delivery, no payment. You are fully protected. Lots of other dirt-cheap electronics. Details at

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The A4 is, indeed, an ARM chip - but not the only one.

    Most phones and all smartphones are already ARM powered (so Microsoft do have an ARM operating system already).

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