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  • ibexx ibexx Feb 7, 2013 7:53 PM Flag

    Evidence mounts for a new breed of chromebooks

    (The new chip is here: T4)

    SOURCE: GEEK: geekDOTcom/articles/chips/evidence-mounts-for-a-new-breed-of-chromebook-2013027/

    ""Finally, there’s a new generation of chip on the way. Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor is already in the hands of numerous manufacturing partners, and at least one has been testing it in a Chromebook. It’s Codenamed Puppy, not Pixel, but the name’s not the important bit. The fact that it’s running one of the development boards that was recently added to the Linux kernel is.

    The Tegra 4 features four ARM Cortex-A15 cores instead of two, and it’s believed that clock speeds will top the 2.0GHz mark. That should provide a healthy performance boost over the existing ARM Chromebook from Samsung, and it likely won’t be as expensive (or hard on the battery) as switching to an Intel chip.

    While it’s becoming clear that next generation Chromebooks will be more powerful and offer welcome upgrades — like high-resolution displays, touch input, and backlit keyboards — there’s also no question that value will continue to be an important component, too. Chromebooks are slowly but surely beginning to make their presence felt in the marketplace, but the charge is being led by the $249 Samsung.

    If manufacturers like Samsung, Acer, HP, and Lenovo can figure out how to bundle these features up inside a sexy chassis, the next Chromebooks could make serious waves in the computing world.

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    • Gigaom comments: "everybody is starting to jump on the chromebook OS bandwagon!"

      If a Tegra-powered Chromebook were to come to market, the most likely launch time would be this year’s Google I/O event taking place in May. It’s possible we see such a device prior to that since it seems everyone is starting to jump on the Chrome OS bandwagon — HP is the latest, having launched a 14-inch Chromebook earlier this week — but I have my doubts that we’ll see anything before Google I/O.

      Then again, if Nvidia doesn’t get some products with Tegra 4 in them soon, it may push this testing and integration effort forward and we see a Chromebook powered by Nvidia sooner than later.

 
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