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Qualcomm SVP talks tablet, PC plans

30 tablet out of 350 Snapdragon designs

We just finished a pleasant chat with Enrico Salvatori, Senior Vice President, Qualcomm & President, QCT Europe and as you can imagine, we had a lot of hot topics to address including phones, 28nm, tablets, and the elephant in the room, Windows 8.

One of the more interesting things that Enrico mentioned is that Qualcomm offers a fully integrated solution for tablet, and it want to enter this market more aggressively. Currently it is available in HTC tablets but this will change in 2012. The company confirmed that they have some 30 tablets under development out of 350 Snapdragon designs that are happening as we speak. It is a pretty surprising figure and Enrico said that they want to make it work with both Android and Windows 8 when the time comes.

Long term goals include offering optimised platforms to customers starting with smartphones, expanding to tablets and later going after notebook and PC. From a hardware point of view Qualcomm is ready, now it is up to operating systems and vendors to do their part.

Back at the Microsoft Build conference in September, Qualcomm showed off its quad-core solution that is Windows 8 cenrtified and we are sure that we will see some tablets and probably even ultraportable notebooks based on Qualcomm S4 chips when the Windows 8 launch draws near.

Qualcomm believes that they might be the first to launch 28nm processors in early 2012, but we will see how this plays out.

Last modified on 04 November 2011
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