Last week at ARM Techcon 2010, my editorial colleague, Patrick Mannion and I conducted the "Teardown Smackdown," in which we compared the designs and componentry of the Archos 7 and the Dell Streak, two tablet PCs.
We'll post the video of that session and our write-ups soon (here's a link to Patrick's preview), but we took Nicolas Charbonnier, aka Charbax, aside to talk about Archos. He's a video-logger with a keen interest in Archos designs. And we chatted with him about the design trade-offs he sees between the larger Archos tablet designs and others (such as the Streak and the iPad) and about the design philosophy behind the Archos line itself.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.