Google TV could take a new direction with sources confirming that the giant search company is considering ARM processors at the expense of Intel.Multiple sources inside Google have confirmed ARM-based Google TV products are set to be released with Toshiba, Samsung, Sharp and LG set to release models in Australia by the end of 2011.
Originally, Google said that they would partner with Intel but now TV manufacturers are looking to low powered high performance ARM processors due to strict energy requirements demanded by several countries for TVs.
Analysts are also tipping that the use of ARM processors would most likely drop the price of Google TV hardware, even lower than the $300 Logitech offering, the Revue and Sony’s $400 Blu-ray player.
“If Google TV is to be mainstream, it must be built on a lower power system,” ARM President Tudor Brown said in November, “on lower cost technology.”
Exactly how low the price point of Google TV on ARM hardware will go remains to be seen when a more official announcement is made.