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Asus shelves SnapDragon for the Eee PC

Says there is no market for SmartBooks
By: Sean Kalinich | Laptops News | Posted: Aug 25, 2009 3:42 pm

The netbook world is dominated by Atom; there is no doubt about that. Atom is the primary CPU for the tiny underpowered content consumption products.


Despite this fact ARM and even AMD has been trying to get into this market. One of the leading ARM developers that have been looking to enter the netbook arena is Qualcomm. Their Snapdragon processor has intrigued the computing industry and with good reason. It is small, quick, low powered and relatively inexpensive.


For this reason Asus began looking into putting one of these under the hood of an EEE PC. They even showed one off at Computex. However it has just been released that Asus will not be implementing SnapDragon in an EEE PC any time soon if ever.


This dashes the hopes for an Android based EEE Pc for now. Granted it is possible to run Android on an x86 CPU but it would be a waste. Asus claims that the SnapDragon would not fit into the existing netbook market and that there is no real market for a "smartbook" segment either.


Asus shelves SnapDragon for the Eee PC



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