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Upcoming Snapdragon processors to officially support Windows 8

Qualcomm and Microsoft announces mutual collaboration effort on Windows 8 for future Snapdragon processors

Qualcomm has announced that its family of ARM-based Snapdragon processors will fully support the next iteration of Microsoft Windows.

Qualcomm and Microsoft have a long and productive history of collaboration focused on driving innovation forward, and we are pleased to be among the leaders of the next evolution of mobile computing,” said Qualcomm senior vice president Luis Pineda.

The first Snapdragon CPU to support Windows 8 will be the dual-core “Krait” MSM8960, which is currently in its testing phase. This 2.5GHz CPU will integrate 3G and LTE connectivity and will be designed for multi-tasking efficiency. By 2012, Qualcomm expects the upcoming quad-core APQ8064 to support the Microsoft OS as well.

Texas Instruments has also announced support for Windows 8 during Computex 2011 through its OMAP series of ARM-based CPUs, too.

Microsoft first showed off a running prototype of Windows 8 on an ARM processor at CES 2011, and now it seems the software will soon be ready for prime time release either late this year or by early 2012. By supporting a wider range of instruction architectures, Microsoft could be getting the boost it needs in a market dominated by iOS and Android devices.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)