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Qualcomm may not have been Microsoft's only choice for Windows ARM

Qualcomm may not have been Microsoft's only choice for Windows ARM (Image Source: Nvidia)
Qualcomm may not have been Microsoft's only choice for Windows ARM (Image Source: Nvidia)
Microsoft is apparently trying its best to convince the makers of Tegra and Exynos SoCs to invest in Windows ARM. So far, only Qualcomm has heeded the call.

Qualcomm has made some significant announcements this week regarding its next generation of Snapdragon processors and its plans to integrate said technology onto ARM-based Windows 10 laptops. In order for Windows ARM to really take off, however, Microsoft would need even more supporters beyond Qualcomm to create a wider range of Windows ARM laptops.

According to Fudzilla, the Redmond company may have considered just that prior to its public team up with Qualcomm. Microsoft had purportedly proposed its Windows ARM plans to Nvidia in an attempt to allure the chipmaker into developing Windows ARM laptops. After all, its Tegra SoCs were very popular in past years and they continue to have a strong presence on certain devices like the Pixel C tablet, Shield Portable, and Nintendo Switch. The graphical prowess of Nvidia SoCs would have indubitably been of value for powering Windows ARM PCs.

Outside of Nvidia, Microsoft may also be considering Samsung and its Exynos series of ARM SoCs. While mostly found in smartphones, a small handful of Chromebooks already run on Exynos hardware including the HP Chromebook 11 and Samsung's own Chromebook series.

Whether or not Samsung, Nvidia, or others will eventually join the Microsoft ARM club remains to be seen. Nvidia in particular appears content in expanding its SoC technology for future automobiles rather than forcing ARM onto Windows PCs. The manufacturer currently has a healthy presence in the mainstream and enthusiast notebook markets with its MX150 and GeForce GTX GPUs, respectively, while the market for Windows ARM is largely unproven with questionable benefits over cheap x86 netbooks. Nonetheless, we do expect several Windows ARM notebooks to make appearances at next month's CES 2018.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-12- 7 (Update: 2017-12- 7)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.