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Windows RT 8.1 devices to run on Snapdragon 800 processors

Posted: 06 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processors? mobile computing? tablets? notebooks?

Qualcomm Technologies has augmented its flagship ARM-based Snapdragon chipset to include support for Microsoft Windows RT 8.1. The company unveiled its Snapdragon 800 processors, which feature an integrated multi-mode 3G/4G LTE modem, USB 3.0 and CPU speeds of up to 2.2GHz per core, at this year's Computex in Taipei.

Microsoft announced that it will offer free software update to Windows RT 8.1 later this year as it continues to collaborate with Qualcomm for advanced mobile computing. The software giant took a major step last year when it let Windows run on an ARM chip for the first time.

The result of bringing Windows RT together with Snapdragon processors has enabled Qualcomm customers to build tablets, convertibles and notebooks that are thin and fan-less, and deliver speedy performance with longer battery life.

Qualcomm has been identified by research firm Gartner the fastest-growing semiconductor company on its top 25 list as it continues to lead the market for application processors with integrated basebands for smartphones. Its sales increased 31.8 per cent in 2012 to $13.2 billion. (See Analyst: Three out of top 10 chip vendors profited in 2012.) The latest MPU ranking from IC Insights shows most leading suppliers of mobile processors based on ARM technology moving higher in the ranking while PC-dependent x86 MPU companies like Intel and AMD continued to lose market share last year. (See AMD loses out to Qualcomm, Samsung in MPU race.)

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