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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:05

Windows will run on ARM by Christmas

Written by Nick Farell


Mostly in tablets
Word on the street is that Windows based tablets which can use ARM processors will be in the shops by the end of 2011.

According to Digitimes the lack of system performance will mean that the  platform will be mainly used for targeting the tablet PC market. Quoting sources from notebook players, Digitimes said that there are several problems which need to be solved with the idea and most notebook makers are wary about it.

While Windows/ARM platform will only testing in the tablet PC market, notebook makers do not think that it is likely to do any damage to Chipzilla. They also do not think that Windows entry into the market will damage Android in the first year out, but afterwards it might have an impact.

Nick Farell

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+1 #1 Kryojenix 2011-05-24 11:13
It'd be nice to have a full Windows x64 OS Tablet PC in an ultra-light form factor which could drop seamlessly into Windows ARM OS during periods of longterm portable low-CPU use (mobile web/media browsing/ document work etc) and then back into Windows x64 OS as required for high power work (3D incl.games, video/photo edits, etc.) - so obviously also a hybrid dual ARM/x86-64 CPU board too. :-*
 
 
0 #2 gozzak 2011-05-24 12:58
Windows on ARM is a terrible idea. It`s just not powerfull enough.

MS should have worked with Intel to come up with a system-on-a-chip version of Windows7/8 using the upcoming 22nm process. Dump all backwards compatiblilty, dump all the enteprise stuff, and you`ll have a kick-arse system on a chip that will end iApple.

Apple could be easily defeated, but MS have become a useless bureaucracy incapable of real innovation any longer.
 
 
+7 #3 AMD 2011-05-24 14:34
Microsoft didn't do it because it's a good idea, they did because they want to be the first to port a full fledged operating system (like OSx, and Windows 7) to ARM.

It will be a good idea though, and it will have it's use, when ARM gets more powerful. It will powerful enough according to the roadmaps.
 
 
+5 #4 hoohoo 2011-05-24 17:27
I don't really know how a top end ARM CPU compares to an AMD c50, but I can tell you that a c50 netbook with 4GB RAM runs Win7 Ent reasonably well.
 
 
0 #5 godrilla 2011-05-24 20:03
Isen't tegra 3 kelal quad core (A9 chip) already beating core2duo? Based on roadmap, and tegra 4 is comming out in 2012 which is 2x more powerfull then tegra3.

FYI, windows 8 will introduce 128 bit os rumored.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/173347/microsoft_planning_128bit_version_of_windows_8.html
 
 
+1 #6 Cartman 2011-05-25 12:52
Quoting godrilla:
Isen't tegra 3 kelal quad core (A9 chip) already beating core2duo? Based on roadmap, and tegra 4 is comming out in 2012 which is 2x more powerfull then tegra3.

FYI, windows 8 will introduce 128 bit os rumored.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/173347/microsoft_planning_128bit_version_of_windows_8.html


And so what if it beats Core2Duo its 2 cores vs four,good morning.

Wait a second 128-bit OS??? Where are 128-bit CPUs?
And what would be use of 128-bit OS, Win 7 x-64 can use 192GB of ram...
 
 
0 #7 Bl0bb3r 2011-05-25 14:19
Quoting Cartman:
Wait a second 128-bit OS??? Where are 128-bit CPUs?
And what would be use of 128-bit OS, Win 7 x-64 can use 192GB of ram...




It's a pcworld story... don't give it much attention. There are 128-bit CPU's today, just not x86 ones that can be useful to us.
 

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