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Monday, 17 January 2011 15:59

OLPC Arm version is faster than Intel's

Written by Nick Farell
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While Intel says that it has nothing to fear from Arm chips, it seems that the One Laptop Top Per Child project might disagree. The OLPC group, which aims to bring cheap laptops to kids in developing countries has been experimenting with the RM Marvell Armada 610 chip.

OLPC CTO Edward J. McNierney showed Arm devices how the chip went faster than the Intel equivalent. The chip provides for a sub 2 Watt One Laptop Per Child XO Laptop with much more back for its buck.

Not only is power consumption halved to less than 2 Watts and price of the motherboard is reduced, the performance of the next generation OLPC Laptop is actually faster to run full Fedora Linux compared to x86. The price of the OLPC machine is getting close to the $100 per machine which was the charities original goal.


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-24 #1 arclight 2011-01-17 17:57
This chips hardly hold any interest for us, power users with desktops...sure Intel might claim it has awesome low powered SKUs but we all know they don't.

A 2W CPU would give stone age performance for me, i'd rather buy such a system just to smash it with a baseball bat on a ampty field, you know like in the movie...

PS: not to sound like a total prick, i understand they want to help out kids in poor countries and as such this product is not aimed at the western market.
 
 
+9 #2 123s 2011-01-17 20:02
Ehm, this is a netbook (from what i got), for internet/office only and 2W sounds pretty awesome, imagine the possible battery life.

But true, its obviously not aimed for our marked but still pretty interesting and if it had a decent design (what i doubt) it would interest me too.
 
 
+28 #3 Jurassic1024 2011-01-17 20:35
Quoting arclight:
This chips hardly hold any interest for us, power users with desktops...sure Intel might claim it has awesome low powered SKUs but we all know they don't.

A 2W CPU would give stone age performance for me, i'd rather buy such a system just to smash it with a baseball bat on a ampty field, you know like in the movie...

PS: not to sound like a total prick, i understand they want to help out kids in poor countries and as such this product is not aimed at the western market.



Idiot.
 
 
+21 #4 East17 2011-01-17 21:16
Oh well .. hopefully Intel's fraud called Atom is gonna die a quick death.
 
 
+29 #5 canerpense 2011-01-17 22:31
Quoting arclight:


You sound like you are a total prick though. This project is paving the way to cheaper netbooks. A netbook doesn't need to be as fast as it's desktop counterparts as it's sole job is to surf the net, do simple daily tasks, write word documents etc. This project's purpose is to give poor people (or countries) adopt today's technological standarts.

If you want to play games or a faster pc, you need to pay for it.

Long story short, you say that it's not as fast as a Lamborghini, yet they are telling that they produced a cheaper bike which can go faster than the old bike.

So this should interest all of us.
 
 
-14 #6 Cartman 2011-01-18 07:13
If they really want to help children, maybe they should give them CPU that can work with normal OS...
 
 
-21 #7 arclight 2011-01-18 09:19
Quoting Jurassic1024:
Idiot.



I was saying what many of us are thinking, a 2W non x86 CPU...big whoopty doo.

Please elaborate your conclusion, i'm fascinated by your arguments.
 

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