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Qualcomm building Quad-core ARM chip for Windows 8 devices

Qualcomm’s old Smartbook chip dream shall now come true with the Windows 8

A few years back Qualcomm, the lower processor making company wished to have its chips fit in all the small laptop-like devices, now known as smart books. But due to some factors that idea never went the way it was supposed to.

With the launching of the windows 8 later this year, the scenario could change for Qualcomm because Windows 8 will be the first ever version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system that will support ARM processor along with x86 chips from Intel and AMD. The upcoming Windows 8 tablets which are sure to provide some tough competition to the Apple iPad and other competing Android Tablets.

Following the PC World reports, Qualcomm, for now has been preparing a 28nm quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor which is specifically designed for notebooks.

But they won’t be the only thin and light laptops with a long battery life. According to Qualcomm, its low power chips should allow the PC makers to build computers that will be even thinner and based on the Intel’s Ultrabook platform, along with longer battery life and always connected capabilities.

But the only thing that Qualcomm won’t be able to ensure is the laptops to run legacy Windows applications. There are plenty of apps which are specifically designed to run on Windows 8 and the earlier operating systems which might not be running on the Windows 8 platform with ARM processors unless the developers update the apps somehow to support the ARM architecture.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-04- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)