Qualcomm are preparing a range of new quad-core Snapdragon S4 chips that will be heading into slimline Windows 8 laptops, making them direct competitors to slim machines given “ultrabook status” through their inclusion of Intel chips.
“We think [they will be] much lighter than what Intel calls an ultrabook,” said Rob Chandhok, Qualcomm’s vice president.
The new quad-core S4 chips will use a 28-nanometer process which claims to improve both performance and battery life, further blurring the lines between mobile and computer chips. Featuring ARM-based cores, the chips will be system-on-a-chip offerings, also housing a powerful graphics core and a modem.
Prototypes running on Windows 8 machines are already winging their way into the hands of developers, with Qualcomm keen to gain favour alongside chip rivals Intel, NVIDIA and Texas Instruments.
Via: PC World