Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Netbooks - Android as operating system

CES 2009: Android platform enters netbook market, says paper

With several PC OEMs showcasing Android-based netbooks at their CES 2009 pre-show events, PC industry sources expect the adoption of the Android platform for netbooks to help drive the share ARM-based platforms in the netbook market. IC makers including Qualcomm and Nvidia would benefit from such a development with a boost in shipments, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Taiwan-based foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) would also see an indirect impact from the growth of ARM-based netbooks since they account for 90% of the Qualcomm and Nvidia's related IC orders.

Nvidia, Freescale, and Qualcomm are all pushing netbook platform solutions at CES 2009 which have been eyed by PC vendors including Asustek Computer, Apple, Sony and Samsung Electronics, the Commercial Times claimed.

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