The stage has been set for a new Chromebook powered by Nvidia’s potent Tegra X1 CPU.
Most Chromebooks are powered by Intel Celeron or Atom chips, with very few leaning on the more mobile-friendly ARM examples.
In general, ARM chips are better suited to powering smartphone operating systems with their more linear flow of tasks. However, Google’s Chrome OS is a lot more forgiving of this ‘lesser’ hardware with its lightweight nature and focus on web-based applications.
A few recent changes in the background have paved the way for a Chromebook powered by the Nvidia Tegra X1 processor – a highly capable ARM chip that hasn’t found a home in many devices to date.
Support was then added for a Tegra X1-based board named “Smaug.” And yes, the board supports Chromium OS.
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It all paves the way to a Tegra X1-power Chromebook, which would also be the first 64-bit ARM-based Chromebook to hit the market.
Last year’s Acer Chromebook 13 was powered by the Tegra X1’s predecessor, the Tegra K1, and it sported class-leading battery life as a result. With the Tegra X1’s much improved performance (including a console-style GPU) a proper follow-up to that notebook could provide the best of boths worlds – stellar battery life with strong general performance.
Check out our view of the Toshiba Chromebook 2 in the video below.