Windows 8 will be the first Microsoft operating system compatible with the ARM architecture. The devices are without doubt the most anticipated tablet, but chip makers are also ready to announce low-power ultra-thin notebooks.Qualcomm , in particular, has already planned the launch of a laptop with quad-core Snapdragon S4 .
During an interview with PCWorld , Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of Qualcomm, said the company will introduce a notebook by the end of the year, based on Windows 8 , thinner and lighter than current ultrabook and MacBook Air Apple. The heart of the device will be represented by the SoC Snapdragon S4 .
The chip should integrate a quad core CPU Krait frequency range between 2 and 2.5 GHz , an Adreno 320 GPU and a radio module compatible with LTE.Just support for 4G network will be, according to Chandhok, the characteristic that will distinguish your notebook from Qualcomm products offered by other partners of Microsoft, or NVIDIA and Texas Instruments. The processor, made ??to 28 nanometers, will guarantee high autonomy, low power consumption, buthigh-level graphics performance .
Qualcomm is currently working on optimizing compilers to provide developers with all the tools to harness the power of its chips and improve the performance of parallel applications on multiple cores. This will be possible for software other than games, such as browsers. Recall that the version ofWindows 8 for ARM does not allow the execution of existing x86 applications, even in emulation; will also be distributed solely through the Windows Store.
The RC version of Windows 8 should be announced in June, while the final version will come on the market in October .
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