Following the World preview of Windows 8 at the D9 Conference and at Computex), Mobile processor maker Qualcomm announced that its Snapdragon line of processors will also support Windows 8 when it is released.
That includes the MSM8960 Snapdragon processor that comes with an intergrated 3G/LTE modem for smartphones. That processor is scheduled to start its sampling stage later this month.
In addition to Snapdragon MSM8960 processor, Windows will also run on Qualcomm’s upcoming quad-core APQ8064 processor. Qualcomm says that product will start sampling in early 2012.
It’s not much of a shock to learn that Snapdragon will be running Windows 8 since Microsoft had already announced months ago that Windows 8 will be running on ARM-based processors. While Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are their own design, they’re based on the ARM v7 instruction set.
Also, Texas Instruments today unveiled its OMAP4470 processor. Texas Instruments has announced that their new product will be able to run “operating systems such as Android, Linux and the next version of Microsoft Windows.”
The OMAP4470 processor will be multi-core based and will have speeds up to 1.8 GHz. Texas Instruments says that the processor’s speed will enable “80 percent increase in Web browsing performance, increased memory bandwidth” support for 2048×1536 resolutions and more.
It’ll also support up to three displays. It’ll use the POWERVR SGX544 core from Imagination Technologies for a “2.5x boost in graphics functionality.” Products that have used previous versions of the company’s OMAP 4 processors will be able to use “pin-to-pin hardware and software compatibility for maximum re-use and faster time-to-market.”
Texas Instruments is targeting products like tablets, smartphones and the ultrathin laptop for its new OMAP4470 processor. It’s expected to start the sampling process in the second half of this year. Products with the processor inside are expected to start shipping to stores in the first half of 2012.