Featured Articles

Android Wear installed on 50-100k phones

Android Wear installed on 50-100k phones

Android Wear is a companion app that you need in order to run your new Android Wear watch.

More...
AMD launches 45W desktop Kaveri parts, finally

AMD launches 45W desktop Kaveri parts, finally

AMD has finally launched three 45W Kaveri SKUs, which were in the works for months. The three chips feature configurable TDP,…

More...
Desktop Broadwell LGA is Socket 1150

Desktop Broadwell LGA is Socket 1150

Broadwell was supposed to come in 2014 and it will ship in the last quarter of this year for detachable thin…

More...
Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

As expected and reported earlier, Nvidia has now officially announced its newest Shield device, the new 8-inch Shield Tablet. While the…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 07 January 2011 11:05

Microsoft needs Arm

Written by Nick Farell

arm_logo


Says ARM
While some are wondering what Microsoft is doing by trying to shove its operating system onto Arm chips, the Cambridge chip-maker claims that it has no choice.

ARM's president Tudor Brown told Reuters that Redmond's plan to make Windows compatible with ARM Holdingschip designs will help the software giant establish a major presence in smartphones and tablets. Redmond has not made much of an impact in the mobile market, dominated by Apple, Google and RIM.

However Brown said it was not too late, and Microsoft has always recognised that there was a time when it would have to do more than just support x86. Brown said that Arm had been coaching and cajoling Microsoft for some time.

ARM licenses its processor architecture to companies like Marvell and Qualcomm who use it to make chips that have come to dominate the smartphone market. While Arm chips are everywhere in the mobile market, Intel, a long-time Microsoft ally, has also had little success getting into smartphones and tablets because its processors are viewed as less energy-efficient than ARM-based chips.

"Microsoft needs ARM to have any chance of playing in that (mobile Internet) space," Brown said.


blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments