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Submission + - ARMv8 64-bit Architecture announced (

Charbax writes: "ARM is introducing the ARMv8 64-bit architecture. It can be for Smartphones, Tablets, and also for Servers, Desktops, Set-top-boxes and more. Here is an interview with ARM's CTO Mike Muller after this announcement keynote. At the ARM TechCon 2011 in Santa Clara (October 25-27th), ARM also showed the first ARM Cortex-A15 prototype and talked about their new ARM Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE platform. TSMC (the worlds largest independent foundry for the fabless semiconductor industry) says that they can scale processor manufacturing size down to 7nm over the next 10 years, and that 28nm is now in volume production, so they can keep busy. Texas Instruments is soon ready to showcase their OMAP5 28nm ARM Cortex-A15 processor, Marvell shows their "Tri-Core" PXA2128 on a tablet prototype for the first time and Freescale demonstrates the performance of their upcoming i.MX6 Quad Core ARM Cortex-A9 processor."

Submission + - Genesi to launch sub-$199 ARM i.MX53 Linux Laptop (

Charbax writes: "Genesi already has a $199 ARM Laptop for sale on their website, based on the previous generation Freescale i.MX51, now at the Freescale Technology Forum they are launching their new i.MX53 based PCB design which they will use in even cheaper ARM Powered laptops (smartbooks) and desktops (smarttops) to be released in the next couple of months. They are accelerating Linux performance on ARM up to 300% using Hard Float techniques which one of their software engineers talks about in this video. Consider, those ARM Laptops are still only running on single core ARM Cortex-A8, things are getting even faster using the newer Dual-core and Quad-core processors such as the new Freescale i.MX 6 Quad-core processor launched in this video today. Soon enough, ARM Powered Laptops and Desktops are going to be fast enough people won't see the difference in performance between ARM and the Intel Atom, but ARM will be much cheaper and last much longer on a smaller battery."

Comment Re:Not an Intel initiative (Score 3, Informative) 229

Sure mr troll under the bridge. Intel has no relations with OEMs like Asus whatsoever, and Intel also manufactures the Classmate all by themselves, not by any chance in the same Pegatron factories that make Asus Eee laptops. Asus Eee was a staged marketing stunt orchestrated by Intel for Asus to block OLPC sales, go look back.

Comment Re:Dump Lin-sux and Lamedroid: ask Apple for iOS! (Score 0) 229

Apple can install Mac OSX on any OLPC XO laptop today and have always been able to, just to prove that they can make it run. OLPC laptops are 100% fully dual-bootable, just put any other compatible OS on the SD card and reboot. To this day, I don't believe Apple has provided any compatible version of OSX for these laptops. OSX is closed source, only Apple can come and provide a compatible "Light" version of their software to run on the machines. Apple prefers to keep their money at doing other things.

Comment Re:Why android over standard Linux? (Score 1) 229

Archos officially allows you to root your Archos Android Tablet using a "Special Developer Edition" firmware. Thing is, for official root support on such compact embedded devices you have to loose the warranty. At least for now. For example, you could write code that constantly over-clocks the processor or abuses something else in there and that can harm the hardware, so manufacturer is not able to support that.

Comment Re:I think you may be over stating things... (Score 1) 229

It's useful to compare things, analyse money transactions for understanding the value of things. For the price of 1 day of the US war in Afghanistan, all the kids of the whole country of Afghanistan could get a laptop. Shouldn't the head of military strategists consider that it may be worth it, that giving all the children in the whole country this type of tool could calm down some of the suicide bombers, might convert some of the extremists? Most of the girls in Afghanistan don't go to school at all, because they are scared or just not allowed to, why not give them this tool so they can at least try to learn themselves at home? You can't say this is not about politics.

Comment Re:I think you may be over stating things... (Score 2) 229

It's a US project made by the good people at the US MIT, without US initiative this project might not exist yet. Sure thing, I wish India, China, Europe, Saudi Arabia, all join together and make sure every child on this planet get a fair chance at education now. It's politics that decide the priorities and where to put the money, tax who and sponsor what. The idea is sure enough we need to build a few million more/better schools, and bring Internet to all. But, even though those things have to happen, better food, better health and security, we might as well give the children a school in a box which a Laptop has the potential to be.

Comment Re:I think you may be over stating things... (Score 1) 229

2 billion kids are waiting. US spends billions dollars every day on useless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why is it so unrealistic to have a vision where one actually puts money in educating the kids as soon as possible, before they grow old and miss their opportunity of getting inspiration to do big things in their future.

Comment Re:Chrome, Android = Google, right? (Score 1) 229

How much is Google spending on non-profit projects per year? Billions of dollars? Wouldn't it be good if the craze that goes on around Android and Chrome could be fully utilized by a global education project instead of these things happening separately? If OLPC can find a way to make it central to the whole Mobile Computing trend to also support full productivity, full educational purposes, real usefulness and not only Angry Birds. That could be very positive couldn't it?

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