Tablets and PCs could come with a dual-boot capability to load either Microsoft's upcoming Windows RT or Android, but device makers will need to be interested in building such devices in order for it to make its way to the public, firmware company Insyde Software said on Thursday.
Insyde makes firmware and software tools for the boot environment on PCs and tablets before initializing the operating system. The company can provide the firmware and tools based on standard UEFI boot specifications for the dual-boot Windows RT and Android devices, and the company has seen interest from some device and chip makers, said Aven Chuang, general manager of the PC business group at Insyde Software.
The company's products are used in devices based on both x86 and ARM architectures. Insyde is already working with Texas Instruments to bring the UEFI boot to TI's OMAP processor for Windows RT, and the company's products are also used in PCs from Lenovo, Acer, Dell and other companies. Insyde demonstrated an Android tablet running on an Intel Medfield processor with its boot firmware at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.