while i too think that arm+linux (or arm+proprietary - cue in apple) have the momentum which will only grow bigger in the years to come, that article you're referring to does not exactly nail this
From the article:
"Marvell contends that the Android platform
will play a big role in spreading Sheeva CPUs in divergent consumer electronics devices.
In Sutardja's mind, Internet-connected consumer devices will share many of the feature sets available in smartphones. "Connected digital photo frames, for example, are in many ways like smartphones without the function of making voice calls," he said.
I guess, you don't know that Android is Linux+Java
sheeva does not seem to be the flagman of anything (my middle-class gsm already has a fast arm9 and runs forever on a 950mAh)
What's fast? 400 Mhz?, Obviusly you didn't read the spects of the kirkwood processors, they have some unique things:
â€¢ ARM9 at 1.2 Ghz
â€¢ 16-bit DDR2 memory interface (up to 800 MHz data rate.
â€¢ Two Gigabit Ethernet
MACs with interface options
â€¢ Single PCI-Express port
â€¢ Single USB 2.0 port with integrated PHY
â€¢ Two SATA 2.0 ports with integrated PHYs
â€¢ Network security engine with various encryption algorithm support
â€¢ Audio and MPEG Transport Stream Interface
â€¢ Two TDM Channels, SDIO, NAND flash, SPI, TWSI, and Two UART interfacesDevelopment kit at $99
... again with LINUX OS.
so i'm not sure what exactly is the break-through here that we should be all excited about.
Wow, you didn't get excited?.. who cares..