ARM To Enter Laptop Market

ARM has just announced that it has teamed up wtih Chinese tech company Nufront, to launch a new System-on-chip system called the NuSmart 2816 that will be targeted at ultra-thin laptops, netbooks, tablets and all-in-one desktops (and we believe nettops as well).

The NuSmart 2816 is the world first one to integrate a 2Ghz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, a multi-core 2D/3D graphics processor, 64bit DDR2/3-1066 memory controller, 1080p multi-format video engine, SATA2 controller, USB2, Ethernet, together with other I/O controllers.

It will be build using a 40nm manufacturing process and according to ARM, will consume less than two watts when clocked at 1.6GHz (ed : don't know whether that means that we will have smart power management and dynamic clock speeds).

The chip is available to ODMs and OEMs already and the first products based on the NuSmart 2816 will be showcased at CES 2011 in Last Vegas. Nufront has confirmed that it is working on other SoCs to be released in 2011.

Tudor Brown, ARM's President, said that “We are seeing the computing landscape evolve with capabilities emerging from new and different areas, Nufront is an excellent example of the pioneering approach to addressing existing computing markets with innovative products.

The announcement today of this new strategic partnership comes hours after D-Link announced that it was swapping Nvidia's Tegra 2 (which is based around a Cortex A9 MPcore solution) for Intel's 1.2Ghz CE4100 Atom based system to power the Boxee Box.

Earlier last week, ARM announced the new Cortex A15 Eagle application processor, one which ARM claims, is five times more powerful than the current crop of Cortex Ax members.