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COMPUTEX: Qualcomm readies chips for Windows RT system

2012/06/05 17:59:23

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) Qualcomm Inc., the world's biggest maker of mobile phone chips, is working with Microsoft Corp. to use its new Snapdragon chips in Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, a company executive said Tuesday.

The San Diego, California-based company has been the only supplier of chips for previous generations of Windows Phones, including all of the Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5 models, said Rob Chandhok, senior vice president at Qualcomm.

"We were able to work with Microsoft to actually power the first Windows Phone 7 launches, which is something we are very proud of," Chandhok said at the Computex Taipei Innovation Forum.

"We are using that partnership now to actually bring the Snapdragon processor family into the Windows RT launch that Microsoft will be doing in the future," he said. "It's something that we're really excited about."

The latest Snapdragon S4 chips, which are based on a core licensed from British chip designer ARM Holdings Plc, are the company's first mobile chips made with 28-nanometer technology, which provides higher power efficiency.

Qualcomm has shipped the older Snapdragon chips to 70 manufacturers to use in 370 different devices, with another 400 products under development, including 35 tablet computers.

Chandhok said that more than 150 devices using the S4 chips are now being designed.

He said Qualcomm has been working for a long time to figure out what has to be different about the Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems.

It is with the support of this "always-on, always-connected experience that we've learned so much about mobile," Chandhok noted.

Windows RT, known as Windows on ARM during its development, will be a version of the Microsoft Windows operating system for ARM-based devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft typically uses the Windows platform on Intel processor-based devices, but the software giant has announced plans to support ARM-based processors with its latest operating system.

(By Jeffrey Wu)