Originally Posted by bfloyd4445
thanks Freddie. Sounds to me like an arm is a low power
breadboarded processer with IO decoders, display driver and buffer amplifiers. Never new someone was selling them already configured but they would be handy for lots of applications.
21 inch display, I like that as a minimum for me is 15 inch. I would prefer a waterproof display as my boats get wet, even my trawler
had wet times inside crossing bars from spilled drinks and during weather
This is a great thread. Sounds like most posters are on the same track as I except from a different direction. I have gone the netbook way instead of an arm but may now switch.
Oh, and thanks to everyone for there informative posts
Actually, an ARM is a CPU or processor. Its analog in the PC world would be an Intel Pentium or its more modern flavors like the i5 or i7 that is likely in your Windows based laptop
. AMD also makes processors for the Wondows laptop
market. ARM, on the other hand is the core
design architecture of a CPU. This core
design is sold (as intellectual property) by a company called ARM. However ARM (the company) does not actually make or sell CPUs, only the design. Other companies buy this core architecture and integrate it into their parts
. A (very good) example of this is the Freescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9 that is integrated into the Wandboard. Freescale (used to be Motorola) integrates the ARM Cortex-A9 core into their processor. I only explain all this because the terminology can get confusing to the uninitiated.
BTW, the Freescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9 is the processor used by B&G in their Zeus^2 chart plotters. They have a single
core in the 7 and 9 inch models, and dual core in the 12 in. I'd think a quad core would do well running CPN.