Windows 8 will support system-on-a-chip(SoC) architectures
Microsoft announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show
that the next version of Windows will support system-on-a-chip (SoC)
architectures, including ARM-based systems from partners Nvidia,
Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments.
Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft said that on the x86 architecture, Intel
and AMD will "continue their work on low-power SoC designs that fully
support Windows, including support for native x86 applications."
Microsoft made the announcement during the 2011 CES in Las Vegas. Here's more from Microsoft's statement.
Microsoft said it would demonstrate "the next version of Windows running on new SoC platforms from Intel running on x86 architecture and from NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments on ARM architecture. The technology demonstration included Windows client support across a range of scenarios, such as hardware-accelerated graphics and media playback, hardware-accelerated Web browsing with the latest Microsoft Internet Explorer, USB device support, printing and other features."
"Intel and AMD continue to evolve and improve the x86 platforms, including new low-power systems, and advance new designs such as the recently announced 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family and AMD's Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs). NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are joining Microsoft to provide ARM-based designs for the first time."
Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky told CES attendees that
today's press conference was just a demonstration, so the company did
not show off any new user interface, pricing, or scheduling. He said it
was just a display of "hard-core engineering work."
A public test build of Windows 8 isn't expected by most until later this year."