Windows ARM - Hardware and Software News
For months, rumors have been circulating that Microsoft was poised to make its “Windows Everywhere” world a reality. But that reality is still a ways off, in spite of comments by Microsoft execs this week at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference about a unified ecosystem across phones, PCs and TVs.
Among the many Windows 8 topics that Microsoft hasn't discussed is what ARM performance is going to be like. After all, while Windows ARM tablets will have dual core or quad core cpus running at a 1.8 or 2.5GHz speed – faster than most netbook Atom processors and the Celerons in cheap ultraportables, or even ultra-low power Core i5s - what does that mean for an operating system as complex as Windows?
The entire mobile computing market is about to experience a substantial change, from the predominant use of the ARM processor to that of Intel and AMD – potentially. Currently, the tablet market is dominated by ARM chips produced by Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Nvidia. And, until now, unlike laptops, tablets haven’t sported Intel or AMD silicon.
While everyone in the IT racket is trying to figure out how many Intel Xeon and Atom chips can be replaced by ARM processors, Steve Furber, the main designer of the 32-bit ARM RISC processor at Acorn in the 1980s and now the ICL professor of engineering at the University of Manchester, is asking a different question, and that is: how many neurons can an ARM chip simulate?
When Windows 8 comes out it’s bound to cause a great deal of excitement in the tablet market. For the first time there will be an excellent and truly viable Windows tablet operating system and it’s bound to shake up the market. It’s also very likely to cause a great deal of confusion though and this is because Windows 8 on Intel chips and Windows 8 on ARM chips will be very different beasts. They’ll operate in different ways, run different software and be updated differently.
CHIP DESIGNER ARM has said that within 18 months its Mali GPU will be able to match the power of Sony's Playstation 3 or Microsoft's Xbox 360, but that Moore's Law was not the only way to achieve that.
Windows 8 is going to prove nothing but bliss for ARM update, believes ARM Chief Executive Officer Tudor Brown. According to Brown, in excess of 40% of netbooks are expected to be powered by ARM architectures in 2015, a milestone that will only be reached with the help of Windows 8, ARM’s CEO revealed for DigiTimes.
Microsoft introduced a number of tablet concepts during a partner preview event earlier this week. - The software giant held a technical demonstration at Computex on Thursday to demonstrate Windows 8 to hardware partners. Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft, demonstrated Windows 8 on a variety of tablets.
During Microsoft's presentation of Windows 8, a handful of the company's hardware partners showed off tablets and notebooks running the OS, some also featuring Microsoft Office. But if you looked closely, you would've noticed that missing from the equation were Intel and AMD, replaced instead by ARM chips made by rival ARM Holdings.
Microsoft demonstrated a number of early prototypes on Thursday for ARM based Windows 8 tablets. - The software giant held a technical demonstration at Computex on Thursday to demonstrate Windows 8 to hardware partners. Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft, demonstrated Windows 8 on a variety of tablets.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock then you’ll know that Microsoft has finally revealed a few details on its Windows 8 plans. - The software giant demonstrated its new Windows 8 user interface on Wednesday, targeted towards touch screen devices. The interface takes several elements from Windows Phone and introduces live tile applications inside of a full desktop/mobile version of Windows. Where does this leave Windows Phone Mango and beyond?
Remember how Microsoft unveiled that whole "Windows 8" thing earlier today? It's back for more: here at Computex 2011 in Taipei, prototype ARM-based Windows 8 slates and smartbooks are coming out of the woodwork. Foxconn, Wistron and Quanta all unveiled early hardware for the new OS, with chips from Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA powering their live tiles -- including NVIDIA's upcoming Kal-El, which got both a tablet and a super-slim prototype notebook to call its own.
May 30 (Bloomberg) -- ARM Holdings Plc, whose chip designs are used in Apple Inc.’s iPad, said Microsoft Corp.’s adoption of its technology will help Windows software expand into cars and televisions.
That Windows 8 was going to run on ARM CPUs has been known for a while, but it looks like only now have reports appeared about just when tablets loaded with it will be formally launched. The major barrier that ARM faced when approaching the PC market was the fact that its processors were not supported by the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Intel revealed on Tuesday that Microsoft’s next-generation Windows tablet experience will run on Intel and ARM chips. - Speaking at an Intel investor meeting on Tuesday, Renee James explained that Windows 8 will be available in versions for both x86 and ARM. James revealed there will be a Windows 8 Traditional flavour that will run on Intel’s chips and handle legacy applications. Microsoft is also planning a Windows 7 mode as part of the traditional SKU.