Windows 8 Hardware recommendations for OEMs

Microsoft discussed the new hardware recommendations for the upcoming Windows 8 tablets and slates today during the OS’s unveiling at the Computex trade-show in Taiwan. According to Microsoft Corporate Vice President Mike Angiulo Windows 8 devices manufacturers will have to follow strict hardware guidelines when building products similar to Windows Phone 7 OEMs right now. Three ARM chipset manufacturers are currently certified to for Windows 8: Qualcomm (Press Release here), Texas Intrusments (Press Release here) and NVIDIA. ODMs and OEMs will apparently (according to Acer) only be allowed to deal with one of the three SoC makers for their whole line of Win8 products.

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Texas Instruments announces Windows 8 support with new OMAP4470 SoC

Texas Instrument like Qualcomm earlier is also announcing its first Windows 8 compatible SoC today at the Computex tradeshow. The Dual-Core OMAP4470 will be the company’s first SoC to also include the latest PowerVR SGX544 GPU (probably clocked at 400Mhz) coupled with two Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.8Ghz , two ARM Cortex-M3 cores clocked at 266Mhz and dual-channel LPDDR2 memory running at 466Mhz. Full press release after the break:

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Microsoft announces support for ARM architecture in the next Version of Windows

It’s now official folks! The next version of Windows (Windows 8?) will be compatible with X86 processors and ARM based SoCs from nVidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instrument. So what does it really mean ? Well not much for now. Windows Phone 7 (and its future versions) will still be Microsoft only smartphone OS but the company is apparetnyl positioning the next version of Windows as their primary and only Tablet platform. Read the full press release after the break:

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Texas Instrument wants to enter the Windows Phone 7 party

As you probably already know Microsoft has currently only certified one chipset manufacturer for Windows Phone 7  (Qualcomm) and only one SoC model is being used in the first batch of WP7 devices: the QSD8250 Snapdragon. The company has previously announced that this was meant to change in the future but so far nothing new has been said on the this subject. Microsoft’s decision to go with only one chipset manufacturer is obviously a good thing when it comes to hardware and software compatibility between all WP7 devices. It’s because of this that Microsoft was able to pump out one of the smoothest and snappiest OS (and UX) this fall.But as it is always the case in technology, things evolve quickly and MS will now have to start supporting Qualcomm’s newest chipsets ( like the ones found on HTC’s latest Android devices; MSM8x55, MSM7X30) and because OEMs don’t like to be controlled that way Microsoft will also have to decide whether they certify other Chipset Manufacturers or not. For example, even-thought Samsung builds its own mobile SoCs (like the Hummingbird found in the Galaxy S) they were”forced” to use Qualcomm’s QSD82500 on their WP7 devices (Focus and Omnia 7). Texas Instrument, makers of the TI OMAP line of mobiles SOC found in several high profile mobile phones (principally Motorola’s stuff lately) has recently expressed its desire to get into the Windows Phone 7 party:

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