Saturday, February 5, 2011

SoC Tech for next version of Windows

Microsoft announced 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. Intel and AMD continue their work on low-power SoC designs on the x86 architecture that fully support Windows, including support for millions of x86 applications worldwide. SoC architectures will fuel significant innovation across the hardware spectrum when coupled with the depth and breadth of the Windows platform.

Why moving towards SoC Architecture ?

Windows is thriving on x86 platforms today with Intel and AMD and we will continue to see that success in the future. The market and customer reaction to Windows 7 is a good indicator, with Windows 7 running on over 20 percent of all PCs accessing the Internet, and still more than seven copies are sold each second since its launch in October 2009. Building on that success, Intel and AMD are delivering important innovations on x86 for the future, in areas like graphics and performance, in addition to their new work on low-power systems. Intel’s 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family announcements and AMD’s Fusion APUs announcements at CES are great examples of this continued progress. The x86 32-bit and 64-bit platforms and Windows, together, provide the capability for even more powerful, new scenarios to emerge at a rapid pace. Of course, we continue to partner strongly with Intel and AMD to deliver great solutions for customers across the broadest range of computing devices. 

Software platform flexible: 

Windows has proven to be remarkably flexible throughout its evolution. Over the years it has evolved from 16-bit to 32-bit and then to 64-bit to take advantage of the latest technology capabilities. Windows has worked on a variety of silicon architectures as our industry has evolved. With hardware, Windows evolved from its desktop heritage to laptops, netbooks, and the world’s largest servers and smallest notebooks.


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