Qualcomm Dual-Core and Quad-Core Snapdragon Processors confirmed to support Windows 8
Qualcomm announced that it is collaborating with Microsoft on the next version of Windows. First on the list is Qualcomm’s dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon with integrated 3G/LTE modem capable of speeds up to 2.5GHz, followed in early 2012 by the quad-core Snapdragon APQ8064 for mobile devices that have Windows under the hood. The processor will be optimized for performance, battery life, connectivity, and graphics prowess.
The MSM8960 is also the first dual-core solution that has an integrated 3G/LTE modem. The design will allow the processor to meet the multi-tasking needs of Windows 8 when it lands.
“Windows 8 will enable customers to have the flexibility, connectivity and power that they expect from Windows today with new, touch-only devices like tablets. This will require high-performing, low-power processors like those from Qualcomm, with features like 3G and 4G wireless wide area network (WWAN) connectivity,” said Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows planning, hardware and PC ecosystem. “We collaborate with Qualcomm because Snapdragon-powered devices will help Windows 8 consumers experience more out of their Windows device and enable hardware manufacturers to try exciting new PC designs.”
Of course, ARM licensees Texas Instruments and NVIDIA will be feeding at the Windows 8 tablet as well, as will Intel and AMD. We could hear more about it soon.