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Samsung, Toshiba Planning ARM-based Google Chromebook Rivals?

Some of the biggest names in computing have apparently decided that the time has come to launch notebooks based on ARM's architecture, possibly as a direct response to the launch in Taipei of the new Ultrabook range.

Digitimes (opens in new tab) has been told by industry sources that vendors such as Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, Acer and Asustek Computer will develop such products, nearly three years after we first hoped to see them on the marketplace.

These tablets are expected to be launched as early as the end of 2011. Toshiba and Lenovo have already delved into the Smartbook arena, basically offering ARM-based ultra portable laptops with Android software, but phased them out because of weak demand.

But things have changed signifcantly since then. Google has launched its Chromebook and the first preorder figures in the UK look promising, meaning that users are no longer afraid of using alternative platforms.

Also ARM partners - TI, Nvidia and Qualcomm - have or are planning to release dual cores and quad cores system on chips.

Then there's the arrival next year of Windows 8 which will run on ARM as well as improved versions of Chrome OS and Android Honeycomb.

The sources also claim that Asustek will have a 13-inch ARM-based notebook running on an Nvidia Tegra processor as well as Android and may be sold for around $300.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.