Quad-core Windows tablet could be here later next year
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The quad-core Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm, which is designed to run Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 Operating System, has been promised by Qualcomm to release by the second half of next year.
This quad-core chip will be part of the Snapdragon S4 product line and are mainly based on ARM architecture. These S4 lines of chips mainly include single and double core processors which have a clock speed ranging between 1.5GHz and 2.5GHz.
Earlier Microsoft has said Windows 8 will work with ARM processor and they have decided to choose Qualcomm and Nvidia as its initial chip partners.
Adreno graphics core for Qualcomm will support DirectX 9.3 multimedia technology will be made available in the Windows 8. Although Qualcomm’s spokeswoman has declined to comment on when exactly will they be making these S4 based tablets available but Microsoft has already demonstrated Windows 8 running on a Snapdragon tablet.
The release date of the Windows 8 is yet to be announced. However, according to Intel the OS will be released later next year, which could also mean that the S4 tablets are ready by then.
HTC’s Jetstream and Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1 tablets are already using the Snapdragon Chips. Apart from this Qualcomm is working on 30 tablets design with top device makers. Nvidia has already shipped a quad-core ARM processor for tablets and Asustek Computer recently released their Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet which is powered by a Tegra 3 quad core processor. Thus, from all these recent upgrades the market is really heating up with powerful devices.
So you can just gear up yourself for the next generation of tablets arriving in the market next year.