Chromium OS Demoed On ARM Cortex-A9 platform
Just a few months ago we featured a video from the guys at ARMdevices who were showing off a ‘Freescale I.MX51′ board which they had developed to run Chromium OS. It seems like the momentum (for lack of a better word) has picked up as yesterday ARMdevices showed off another concept chip-set which is being developed by Texas instruments.
The unwittingly named ‘Texas Instruments OMAP4 ARM Cortex-A9 platform’ has been built to run Chrome OS but is currently ‘satisficing’ with Chromium OS. This little device would go for $176…not too bad!
In terms of the bigger picture this news admittedly comes as ‘quite insignificant’ as companies like Freescale and Texas Instruments are not what we, ‘the average consumers’ are concerned about. Rather, we want to hear news about the Dells, HPs, and Acers of this industry.
Even so, what brought my attention to this video is that it seems to me that Chrome OS could play a more pivotal role in bringing everyone onto the Internet (which is of-course Google’s plan). I believe that Chrome OS could transcend the netbook market and could power new platforms such as ‘nettops’. One could be easily plugged into a TV, an existing monitor or a projector. You probably buy one for less than $150!
Of-course nettops already exist, but the more expensive Windows operating system seems to abate their potential not only due to cost, but functionality. Chrome OS will do exactly what nettops are for; going on the internet quickly and cost effectively (just like netbooks…in a way).
It’s therefor a shame to see Google placing all their empasis on pushing Chrome OS into the netbook mark. Even so, one does realize that a nettop may pose some threat to a Google TV set-top box.
If you would like to read more on my ‘vision’ for Chrome OS Nettops (rather than just netbooks), check out this article.
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