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All posts tagged "arm"


Friday, June 3, 2011

Windows 8: "Always On, Always Connected" or Standard Windows

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 11:30 PM

http://www.netbooknews.com/27326/nv...ning-windows-8/

"Part of Microsoft's Windows 8 presentation involved showing the money - that it could run on ARM hardware so they demoed the upcoming finger-touch friendly OS on a couple of tablets and a standard laptop. The tablets sported either a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 (1.2GHz, dual-core), Nvidia Tegra 3 (quad-core) or TI OMAP4430 (1GHz, dual-core, as on the BlackBerry Playbook) processors while the laptop ran Tegra 3."

We're seeing some exciting new technologies for Windows emerging - Windows tablets based on ARM processors, and traditional notebook form factor systems, also ARM powered. All are dual-mode, with what Microsoft is calling ", always on, always connected" and a more traditional Windows desktop with features from Windows Phone. Easy toggling between modes. These are really impressive feature videos, especially so early in the Windows 8 development cycle.

Here we have a clamshell system, non-touchscreen, running with an ARM processor, Kal-El Quad Core, running a real version of Microsoft Word. Power, small size, a long battery life, and runs the apps that I need on the job. I'm impressed!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

NVidia's Kal-El is One Super CPU

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 02:30 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/nvidia-de...er-battery-life

"With a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, Kal-El promises double the CPU performance and three times the graphics performance of today’s industry-leading Tegra 2 chip at even lower power consumption. At tonight’s demo, Nvidia SVP Phil Carmack said that the faster processor would lead to new tablets with higher screen resolutions, because the tablet can output video smoothly at up to 1440p (2560 x 1600)."

For the longest time, consumers had to struggle with single core computers. Sure, there were multi-CPU solutions, but they were very expensive. These days, everything is going multi-core. Desktops have been multi-core for a while, as are notebooks. Smartphones and tablets are making the transition now, and even with the jump to dual-core, it looks like it will not be enough. It also looks like ultra-mobile CPUs, mostly ARM, are truly catching up to x86 CPUs if the benchmarks are to be believed. It seems like sooner or later, everything will be able to run Crysis.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Windows to get an ARM and (maybe) Some Legs

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.businessinsider.com/micr...y-fails-2010-12

"It looks like Microsoft may finally be taking the tablet market seriously: next month at CES the company will announce a version of Windows for the ARM processors used in most smartphones and tablets, according to a report today from Bloomberg."

It must be difficult for the management at Microsoft to watch the global landscape for technology changing so radically that Windows, while still dominant and in many people's homes, losing marketshare in almost every way possible. Windows Phone 7 is off to a good start, but that is only after many, many years of Windows Mobile losing ground to the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices. The Xbox can also be considered a success though it still battles out against Sony and Nintendo for sales. Everywhere you look, Microsoft is being assaulted by new and different devices and form factors.

One major problem for the Windows platform in recent years has been only being able to run on x86 based CPUs. While fast and powerful, x86 CPUs are hardly frugal electronics. This is why phones and tablets have largely avoided them in favor of the much more battery conscious ARM CPUs. If Windows has been ported to ARM, it is big news indeed and opens up whole new possibilities for Microsoft. Of course, the CPU is only part of the equation, and there needs to be an interface that properly suits the different form factors. Will that come as part of the "revised" Windows package? I guess we will find out at CES.


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