Here is the newest company jumping aboard the Chrome OS ship. AMD has said that they are planning to design chips for Android and Chrome OS too. Here are some highlights from the PC World report
AMD is expanding OS options as it designs chips based on x86 and ARM architecture, which run multiple OSes, said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD, in an interview at the Computex trade show in Taiwan.
AMD is also expanding its custom-chip business, and Android and Chrome OS offer flexibility for third-party chip design and integration, Su said.
“We are very committed to Windows 8; we think it’s a great operating system, but we also see a market for Android and Chrome developing as well,” Su said.
“I think Android and Chrome tend to be in the entry form factors — the tablets, the low-end clamshells,” Su said.
My first laptop was an Acer running on an AMD chip. Laptops with AMD chips were cheaper than the Intel versions when I bought them. Not sure if the market has changed after that, but I am hoping that AMD’s entry will bring some more affordable options to Chromebooks.
Affordability is THE biggest factor in Chromebooks because at least for now, people are buying Chromebooks as a second computer or a travel companion for the first computer for kids.