Even though all of the NVIDIA "Kal-El" (T30)
designs shown so far were tablets, Microsoft made sure it is noted that ARM is coming to conventional PC formats too. On Microsoft Partner Preview event, held in W Hotel Taipei
the company representatives showed Windows 8 user interface and form factor designs at almost the same time as the D9 conference in California.
In a video by Netbook News, the company showed an ARM based laptop running Windows 8
From what we've seen so far, the software giant is demonstrating Windows 8 on ARM CPU architecture mostly using NVIDIA Tegra SOC silicon, that being dual-core Tegra 2 (T20) or quad-core Kal-El (T30). Couple of weeks ago, the very first public demonstration of Windows 8 on ARM was run on an Tegra 2 design
, while the company just demonstrated a quad-core based notebook running NVIDIA Kal-El. As far as tablet form factor goes, Microsoft demonstrated 11.6" tablet running Qualcomm Snapdragon 2 (MSM8660, 1.2GHz CPU, Adreno 220 GPU) in 1366x768 pixel resolution.
To ensure that Microsoft is gunning for full compatibility and cross-platform approach between traditional x86 and ARM architectures, the company ran ARM version of Microsoft Word as well, prompting an applause from the audience.
All in all, we all live in very interesting times.
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