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ARM Yourself: 50+ ARM-based tablets coming this year

Word out of Computerworld is this should be a good year for ARM thanks to a deluge of new tablet devices, not to mention the eReaders, smartbooks and other devices that prompted them to reserve more space than usual at this year’s Computex trade show in Taipei. They also share details on a couple of the more than fifty new tablets.

Compal will be offering a tablet powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 running either Android or Windows CE, and choice of 7″ or 10.1″ screen. It will also include HDMI for video output. The other, called Armadillo, is from an unnamed supplier. It runs Android and uses chips from Freescale Semiconductor, but its big trick is a quick-boot system from Ubiquitous called (not surprisingly) QuickBoot. Video demo from Ubiquitous is up on YouTube. At first glance, it might not seem important since ARM devices are traditionally always-on, but I can see this being quite handy for folks who swap batteries.

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5 Comments

  1. Xavier

    03/10/2010 at 9:08 am

    Freescale tablet ($200) vs Ipad ($499) bucks??? And only the first one supports Flash and it is multi-task! Yes, I will buy it!

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    • turn.self.off

      03/10/2010 at 9:20 am

      yep, i really hope that freescale design hits market soon.

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      • Sumocat

        03/10/2010 at 9:34 am

        Guys, you can be disappointed now or disappointed later, but I must emphasize that the Freescale tablet is a reference design, not a product. $200 is the bare base price and doesn’t even include storage. Still a great base price, but don’t pin your hopes on that being the retail price.

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  2. Jeff Jackson

    03/10/2010 at 10:01 am

    I carry an ARM based tablet with me all the time. It’s called a PDA.

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    • Mike aka C-141xlr

      03/10/2010 at 12:18 pm

      Wow, you carry a PDA still? Mine (Axim X51v) sits on my desk collecting dust. I was thinking of turning it into a full time clock or something. I bought a bunch of extra batteries and styli for it when I saw them being discontinued. I hope I can find a purpose for it, I really do like it but my iPhone does everything I need and is a cell phone to boot.

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