[lug] Atom Based Computers

Michael J. Hammel mjhammel at graphics-muse.org
Mon Jul 12 17:04:07 MDT 2010

On Mon, 2010-07-12 at 16:51 -0600, Maxwell Spangler wrote:
> What the Atom shows is that you can use today's very small die size and
> low power requirements to make a very satisfying experience, especially
> when paired up with specialized chips to offload graphics, network, etc.
> So it's good for netbooks, thin terminals, and specialized computing
> devices but it's never going to compete with contemporary CPUs for raw
> speed.

I haven't gotten my board yet (or even ordered it - still playing with
the distro build process), but the BeagleBoard seems to be a nice
example of this.  Decent graphics and HD capable output suitable for TV
display but runs off USB power.  Or so it says.  That's because the OMAP
chip provides the features of interest.
Michael J. Hammel <mjhammel at graphics-muse.org>

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