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."
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