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ARM Powered OLPC XO-1.75 Laptop is faster than x86

Charbax (678404) writes | more than 3 years ago

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Charbax (678404) writes "Not only is power consumption halved to less than 2 Watts and price of the motherboard is reduced, the performance of the next generation OLPC Laptop is actually faster to run full Fedora Linux compared to x86. Here's a video interviewing OLPC's CTO Edward J. McNierney where he explains how OLPC's world class engineers are making this change of CPU architecture and why. If OLPC XO-1 threatened Intel enough to start the Netbook market and has reached 2 million poor kids in third world countries thus far, XO-1.75 may help start the ARM Powered Linux laptop market. Do you think Fedora/Sugar will do or should OLPC attract Chrome OS and Android solutions for education to get faster help from the big boys of Silicon Valley to bring Linux software successfully to the next billion PC/Laptop users?"
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Sure android rocks.... (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | more than 3 years ago | (#34910348)

I tried to think of something sarcastic to say but a fast little processor with enough code cache to run dalvik would be an an astounding little box.

This is especially so if the data paths to flash based disk and memory was optimized.

This is especially so with some of the asymmetric multi core ARM processors. A small low power processor could do most of the management and two or more higher power processors could be dispatched to get "work" done.

Add some simple pipelined IO hardware and low power display technology like the OLPC or the Kindel and ya are off.

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