Next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile chips to power Windows 8 PCs as well as tablets and smartphones

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qualcomm-snapdragon-thumb.jpgChip makers Qualcomm have confirmed that their next gen S4 mobile processors will support Windows 8 PCs alongside tablets and smartphones when Microsoft’s new system launches.

A developer preview at the annual Microsoft BUILD event showed Qualcomm Snapdragon chips and the company’s Gobi 3G/4G wireless internet connectivity chips powering a prototype Windows 8 PC.

“We are excited to be at BUILD to show the Windows ecosystem and how we are working together towards commercialization of apps and hardware that will run Windows 8,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of product management, computing and consumer products at Qualcomm.

“It is a priority for Qualcomm to work with the developer community to optimize the Snapdragon and Gobi-powered platform for Windows 8 to provide an unparalleled mobile user experience.”

“Collaborating with Qualcomm to deliver Windows 8-based PCs will help deliver a high-performance and differentiated experience for customers,” added Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows planning, hardware and PC ecosystem, Microsoft.

“Working closely with Qualcomm allows us to maximize performance while maintaining a high level of energy efficiency.”

Gerald Lynch