The ARM processor maker has been in the mobile market for quite a while now with their range of processors for smartphones and tablets providing the meat to the new generation of smartphones running on Android and Windows Phones.
With the announcement of Windows RT platform earlier this year,it opened up a new market to the ARM processor companies like Nvidia,Qualcomm,Texas Instruments to invest their interest in the Windows Tablet Market.Though Microsoft personally chose Nvidia’s range of Tegra 3 processors for their version of Surface Tablets,that doesn’t mean that Qualcomm has lost interest in this new battle.
In fact Qualcomm is gearing up for the major event and there’s a good news for all those who want to try out the new W0A tablets with Qualcomm aiming to release the tablets along with the release of Windows 8 later this year,rubbishing all the speculations about the availability of ARM based tablets at launch,as confirmed by the company’s CEO Paul Jacobs,talking at their developer event last week.
The first family of Qualcomm-based Windows RT devices will feature the dual-core MSM8960T,later on we will see APQ8064 chips making an appearance,featuring quad core processors but lack the integrated 3G and 4G LTE modem. Both the dual and quad cores are part of the Snapdragon S4 Pro family and include Qualcomm’s own Adreno 320 graphics.
Apart from making the awesome hardware for the devices Qualcomm is taking it seriously by taking interest in the developers who will develop metro based apps and games for the platform by their recently announced 200,000 contest for the Metro app developers.
Though at the moment there is no confirmation about which manufacturer is going to launch their Windows RT based Qualcomm powered device at launch.The WinRT based tablet and the hybrid devices with high performance and energy efficient Qualcomm processors will compete against the cheap android tablets like the Kindle Fire and the recently announced Nexus 7 tablet and the almighty iPad at launch.