Nvidia announces Windows 8 Developer Program

ARM seems to have taken a back seat at Microsoft’s Build conference, since both the first Windows 8 tablet and the Developer Preview build are x86-only. That hasn’t stopped Nvidia from announcing its Windows 8 Developer Program, through which the company will help developers get Windows 8 apps up and running on its Tegra processors—among other products.

Nvidia notes that Kal-El, its upcoming quad-core Tegra processor, is ARM-based and will power "lightweight, energy-efficient tablets and notebooks." Those are precisely the kinds of systems on which Windows 8 is expected to show up next year. Nvidia’s Windows 8 Developer Program will go beyond Tegra, though; it will also give programmers resources and tools to aid development with GeForce and Quadro graphics cards, not to mention Tesla GPUs.

The fact that Nvidia is providing developer support for the next version of Windows isn’t terribly shocking, to put it mildly. However, Nvidia seems to suggest it will be in a better position than other ARM CPU vendors to provide support for Windows 8, pointing to its "intimate familiarity with the Windows code base" and its 15 years of experience supporting Windows developers. (The announcement stops short of claiming outright superiority over other ARM-based chip vendors, though.)

If you’re a developer, you can sign up for Nvidia’s Windows 8 Developer Program by heading to this page. Folks in Anaheim, California can also check Nvidia’s booth at the Build conference.

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    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    Anyone wanna bet that the resulting application will run slowly/poorly/not-at-all on non-Nvidia ARM chips?

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      I’ll put down a fiver on such a bet. there’s no way it will work on other arm cpu’s.

      • Voldenuit
      • 8 years ago

      There’s enough SoC variation in ARM offerings (cache, in/out-of order, cores, threading, GPU, memory) that it’s inevitable you can’t optimize for everything.

      Heck, even within nvidia’s camp, their Tegra 2 processors don’t have NEON SIMD capability whereas Kal-El and some existing SoCs from other vendors do.

      There’s going to have to be some reference/target platform to code for, and developers will probably have to hand-optimize for each system. Making it likely that obscure/poorly-selling tablets won’t get optimized for.

        • SomeOtherGeek
        • 8 years ago

        Including the Windows 8 tablet?

      • HighTech4US2
      • 8 years ago

      Gaaaa you Nvidia haters have taken the level of idioticy to a new low but then again there was a movie named “Dumb and Dumber” so the remake should be “Dumb, Dumber, and Nvidia Haters”.

      Nvidia is providing “tools and developer support for the next version of Windows” it is the developers who actually write the code.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        tools, that will only work on nvidia arm cpu’s. i don’t hate nvidia. i currently run one of their gpu’s and my last 2/3 of my gpu purchases have been nvidia. it’s just not likely they’ll bother optimizing their tools for the competition. if you believe otherwise, you belong in dumb and dumber.

          • tviceman
          • 8 years ago

          Developers can’t choose to use different tools?

          • Silus
          • 8 years ago

          And which company optimizes their tools for the competition ? Seriously, think before you type.
          Intel doesn’t do it, AMD doesn’t do it, why would NVIDIA do it ?

      • Johnny5
      • 8 years ago

      So we’ll get to see a T.W.I.M.T.B.P. screen every time we start Firefox. Sounds awesome.

      T.W.I.M.T.B.P.: The Way It’s Meant To Be Processed

      • Silus
      • 8 years ago

      Such idiocy, although not at all uncommon for the average AMD fanboy and/or NVIDIA hater.

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    EDIT: Grrr, double-post!

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