Sharp at the Cutting Edge of ARM Technology
Sharp Electronics launched their first ARM powered netbook. The strangely named PC-Z1, is much smaller than your usual netbook, at 161mm x 109mm, and only 24.6mm depth. The screen, although only 5 inches in size has a resolution of 1024 x 600, and the keyboard is, as you would imagine, less than full size (around 66% full size).
The PC-Z1 is powered by an 800Mhz i.MX515 chip from Freescale, which we believe to be the first consumer product that contains such a chip. The machine comes with 512MB of memory and 4GB of Flash memory, and more storage is available via a Micro SDHC card. Ubuntu 9.0.4 (the netbook remix version) is the standard default Operating System, and comes with your usual range of popular Linux software such as FireFox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice and Adobe Flash Lite.
Sharp states that the PC-Z1 is capable of running 10 hours on a single charge, which is very impressive. The PC-Z1 is available in Japan in a flavour of different colours, but no word on whether it would be available elsewhere.
It’s fantastic to see an ARM netbook being launched.
After all the talk about ARM entering the netbook arena and taking on Intel on its own turf, we really do hope that Sharp do very well with their miniature netbook, and we look forward to many more ARM netbooks/smartbooks in the coming months.
For more information on the PC-Z1, click here.