Microsoft seeding Windows 8 developers with Tegra 3 PCs

Nvidia is serious about getting its ARM-based processors inside Windows 8 systems. The company is working with Microsoft to supply developers and device makers with Windows 8 systems based the Tegra 3 SoC. It’s unclear whether the "test PCs" are notebooks, tablets, or stripped-down development platforms like the Tegra 2-based Trim-Slice desktop released last year. Given Win8’s focus on touch, I wouldn’t be surprised touchscreen displays were involved.

The Tegra 3 is already out in the wild, of course, most notably in the Asus Transformer Prime.

Nvidia also has an interest in getting developers more familiar with coding for the ARM architecture in general. At the Consumer Electronics Show last year, Nvidia revealed Project Denver, a plan to produce ARM-compatible CPUs for desktops and servers. We haven’t heard much about the initiative since, but if Nvidia intends to compete with the likes of AMD and Intel, it’s going to need applications that run on its CPUs—and systems built around them.

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    • ghjtdge
    • 8 years ago
    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    I know its apparent that windows hasn’t really taken the full step of perfect x86-arm compatibility but they’ve made the initial move. This puts allot of pressure on apple as os x is a clunky beast that hasn’t appreciably improved since… I was in grade school. (I’m in my mid 20’s now) I’m worried how google will react as they have no successful desktop os to merge/meld with and thier devices rely on third party apps/plugins to really work with a pc. hmmm…

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      Google will just keep watching 800K+ activate their droids daily.

        • designerfx
        • 8 years ago

        that’s 850k. [url<]http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-google-850000-android-activations-a-day-300-million-devices-450000-apps-barcelona-mobile-world-congress-20120227,0,5211904.story[/url<] Anyway, the point is - microsoft is freaking out. More smartphones are being sold than copies of windows, including volume sales. Google's on track for 300 million smartphones a year at 850k activations, versus windows cheering on 240million on their first year (and falling to around 400 million total) The slapdash dreams that preventing android from running on their ARM devices is merely going to make them entirely useless.

          • Farting Bob
          • 8 years ago

          Luckily for MS smartphone OS’s dont sell for the same price as desktop OS’s, and MS’s recent profits show that its not exactly capsizing.

    • Palek
    • 8 years ago

    Apparently Microsoft is handing out Snapgragon S4-based test systems as well. [url=http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/29/qualcomm-windows-8/<]Linky[/url<]

      • xtalentx
      • 8 years ago

      I’d much rather have one of those than a Tegra!

        • stdRaichu
        • 8 years ago

        That’s what she said!

    • burntham77
    • 8 years ago

    It would be something special to be able to somehow load Windows 8 (most likely the ARM version) onto my Motorola Xoom. I grow tired of the Android OS (especially waiting for ICS), but I like my hardware.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 8 years ago

    I hope there are mainstream Windows 8 computers like the Trim-Slice, but around $100. While equally capable tablets should run $200-300, that’s just a little too much beyond impulse buy territory for something that will quickly become obsolete.

    But if you’re just going to hook it up to your TV, if it can handle HD video and an internets browser, you’re set. For $100, that’s an impulse buy to me.

    Of course, a year from now, that may just come built into TVs. :p

      • dpaus
      • 8 years ago

      Isn’t that what the Raspberry Pi is – for 1/3rd that price? (if you could actually get one, that is…)

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 8 years ago

        Yes, but only for nerds. I was really thinking in terms of what might convince more average people to drop their cable box/DVR and bring HTPCs out of obscurity and into the realm of practicality.

          • dpaus
          • 8 years ago

          [quote<]what might convince more average people to drop their cable box/DVR and bring HTPCs out of obscurity and into the realm of practicality[/quote<] Commoditized 'appliances' that are reasonably priced, easy-to-use, reliable/'just work', and don't try to tie you to a content provider. The first 3, easy. That last one? Over MAFIAA's dead body.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 8 years ago

          You can’t bring HTPCs out of obscurity. By the time they would be usable, we would end up streaming everything. Streaming boxes are the only mainstream way.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 8 years ago

            Exactly. But what is a streaming box, or the equivalent hardware built into a TV or console? Just a low power computer connecting to the internets.

            Some use ARM processors to run a small set of “apps,” and maybe even a standard browser, with the ability to also access a storage device or network.

            Sounds a lot like a low end Windows 8 computer to me!

            Lots of people who never stopped and thought, “Hey! I’ll set up a HTPC!” do just that with their Xbox 360. People are more likely to adopt the capability when they’re under the assumption that the device is specifically for a TV, and using a familiar interface.

            So just imagine if such a computer were sitting on Best Buy shelves, next to Blu Ray players, with an equivalent price tag.

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