Computerworld - BARCELONA -- Windows on ARM-based reference design touchscreen tablets made an appearance on stage here today at Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview event at Mobile World Congress.
Microsoft is working with Nvidia, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm for ARM System on a Chip (SOC) processors. The reference design tablets will be seeded to a select group of developers, Microsoft officials said.
The first of the reference design tablets was a Toshiba model with a 10-in. screen that runs on the Nvidia Tegra 3 chip, a quad-core processor. The Tegra 3's quad-core processors actually have five cores, with the fifth used as a kind of battery backup.
Other tablets shown run ARM designs, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon and a Texas Instruments processor, although Microsoft didn't offer any more details on those platforms. A fourth reference design tablet ran the Intel Clovertrail x86 processor.