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The typical configuration is to use an Intel Atom CPU, so its not appropriate for small devices such as the Pandora, or mobile phones/etc. It's more for Notebooks.
 

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edit: Squidge, you realise that the board pictured is both the Atom and Ion together? so I think... so it's pretty small, and from what I read could possibly get smaller. Hmm, or do you mean it's not appropriate for other reasons, such as battery life? or software compatibility? which I think might be okay, but dunno.

Hmm, I would tend to agree that you might not see it in things such as mobile phones and more so in notebooks, but you might start seeing more handheld computers, but I dunno if you would find any with gaming controls such as the pandora.

Also about battery life...

NVIDIA's Ion Platform: Bringing High Def to Netbooks - Introducing NVIDIA’s Ion Platform (page 2)
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NVIDIA claims that a netbook running with the Ion platform should have the same battery life as one running on the conventional Atom + 945G setup.



and, Nvidia Q+A: Ion Platform Will Unlock the Power of the Netbook
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You didn’t mention battery life. Will your platform impact battery life?
It will have a very similar battery performance to Intel’s current platform which uses the Atom processor and Intel 945 integrated graphics solution. The 9400M chip has very good power usage dynamics.



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But that is what Squidge meant. The Atom causes bad battery life, no matter what GPU is used.
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Ahh, makes sense now.

mali, one question about that graph, is that the Atom and Cortex-A8 by themself, or does it include other hardware? edit: as maybe the Atom is just paired with hardware that drains more power, just a thought.

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But yea, that is a massive difference, do you have a link to the original article this graph came from so I can look further into things?

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With that much difference, I think it would be cool to see actual Notebooks using the ARM Cortex-Ax and such.

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Well, looking at the graph's title it seems, that they measured only the power draw of the CPU without other components.

I found the graph on this blog:
http://blogs.computerworld.com/apples_tabl...ex_architecture

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With that much difference, I think it would be cool to see actual Notebooks using the Cortex-A8 and such.

On handhelds like Pandora, the Cortex can show it's full potential, but on Net/Notebooks, the screen backlight and HDDs and such suck the most power, unfortunately. ARM is clearly handheld technology.
 

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I wouldn't consider this a possible Pandora competitor but still it's a great development. I'm thinking more along the lines of a super small but yet powerfull mediacentre. Or a netbook that's finally suited for gaming.
 
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