Monday, December 15, 2008

Acer, Asus, and Toshiba to make Snapdragon based netbooks

Qualcomm has been showing their netbook or MCD as they say..

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Qualcom Snapdragon netbook prototype .. eh, Dual-mode MCD

Now they are bit by bit giving more details out:

"Mobile Computing Devices (MCDs) offer a revolution in computing and communications in a thin and light form factor with a 7-12” display and full keyboard. MCDs are perfect for viewing movies and maps, or editing spreadsheets and documents while also having access to full Internet browsing and social networking. Dual-mode MCDs allow for notebook and tablet/reading mode to further improve the user experience."

"Our vision is that (the device is) always connected. Even when you shut it down, it's still 'on.' (The laptop) goes to your Exchange server, gets your e-mail, puts it on the drive--solid-state or hard drive--and then when you're ready to do e-mail, you flip it open and it's right there. Instant on, always connected,"

So full day, always on and very mobile.. but it's ARM based, Linux only. Could they really compete with Intel on more computer than phone like devices, netbooks?

It would need a lot of co-operation between them, Linux vendors and OEMs. Intel has been building their Linux only MID community for 2 years and all we have seen is very basic and not even nearly finished software. Hardware can enable, but to bring ARM based Linux netbook even near to current ones will need work.. maybe too much work?

Qualcomm seems to believe highly themselves as they are now naming Acer, Asus and Toshiba as their future Snapdragon customers:

"Companies including Acer, Asus, and Toshiba are planning devices based on Snapdragon, according to Qualcomm. Acer, for example, will initially introduce Qualcomm's Gobi 3G modem into its devices, then gravitate to products based on Snapdragon."

We will see it soon hopefully..

Read the full interview at CNET

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Saperalot said...

yam yam i see a convertible i like such devices but not that big frame. but i think a bit late or not? they have a long and hard way and a lot of work to do.

Anonymous said...

I want XP (and Windows 7 later) on my netbook, so I won't be getting a MCD...

Anonymous said...

I want a high-res screen for a reasonnable price, I don't care as much about everything else...

Anonymous said...

Instant-on and long battery-life..that sounds like my kind of computer perhaps :)

Anonymous said...

I've been wondering if an ARM-based netbook would work. You'd lose the Windows users, of course, but without having to support the crappy x86 architecture you could probably get a good deal more battery life for the same computing power. (And, I mean, there's been a Linux ARM port for at least a decade, after all.) It could work.

Anonymous said...

It is a really nice idea but with the world economy in free fall I don't think these devices with be around until at least 2010.

Anonymous said... is this already, minus 3G.

Plug in a USB HSDPA thingy, add software & you're mobile internetted.

PS Image Verification on this Post is'nt showing up under Ubuntu.

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