Arm is best known for designing chips for phones, including Google’s Android phone. Now it’s spreading its wings a bit, having announced a partnership with Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux OS, to bring an open source OS to netbooks, according to the BBC.
The machines, which should be debuted at the Computex show next June, will be based around the Arm7 architecture, especially the Cortex A8 and A9 processors, and will also enjoy a long battery life similar to mobile phones. Rob Coombs, director of mobile marketing at Arm, claims the new netbooks will have screens up to 10”, and be able to run video and the full suite of Open Office programs.
"They’ll be for people who want a small internet-centric device," he said.