Qualcomm:“while Yen walked us through his company’s first SoC developed exclusively for Windows 8 use in desktops and laptops, he explained that Qualcomm pushes the boundaries still further. While based on ARM’s high-end Cortex-A15 ‘Eagle’ design, he claimed that it had been customised to the point that the label no longer applied.
“It’s an A15-class processor,” Yen agreed, “but it’s not a Cortex-A15.” He revealed that the company’s Windows 8 offering will take the form of the MSM8960, a Krait processor featuring two processing cores running at 1.7GHz and an integrated LTE modem. Sadly, it’s a far cry from the quad-core 2.5GHz Krait the company announced at the Mobile World Congress event earlier this year.”
Acer’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J.T. Wang said.
“They’re really controlling the whole thing, the whole process,” Wang said at the Computex trade show in Taipei without identifying the restrictions. Chip suppliers and PC makers “all feel it’s very troublesome,” he said.
By trying to freeze the market and dictate hardware compatibility, M$ will only delay its roll-out and restrict itself to a niche. ARM’s ecosystem has already grown to a multicultural environment with many makers of chips and products. M$ cannot force all manufacturers to use Qualcomm’s chips and Qualcomm cannot supply the whole market. It’s too damned big. Delay has happened for months in IT as suppliers try to catch up with demand and Google delayed releases of Android. No one wants to wait for M$ to get its act together while hundreds of millions of units could be sold.
Watch Earth catch fire as 100 million activations of Android happen in short order. By the time “8” happens there could be hundreds of millions more activations. Even Intel is pushing Android on x86…
Here’s an early product showing Android running on Intel. Who needs M$?
Here’s Intel showing an x86 chip they intend to put in smart phones and tablets running Android, MeeGo etc., anything but “8”.
Thanks to Richard Chapman for the link to Dailytech.
More on this. It has been revealed that M$ has arranged to consult with a few makers of PCs on “8” but has not included anyone from Taiwan…
“Microsoft has not invited Taiwan-based IT vendors to participate in its Integrated Development Program specifically for developing Windows 8 for use in tablet PCs.
Microsoft has invited chip vendors, including Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, as well as a few PC vendors to participate in the program. However, Taiwan-based vendors Acer, Asustek Computer and HTC are locked out, arousing considerable controversy in Taiwan. Microsoft may hope to set rules on its own and the invitation to chip vendors is to save possible trouble, Wang said. But from the point of view of Taiwan-based enterprises, Microsoft is not acting reasonably, Wang stressed.”
see Microsoft should set rules from viewpoint of ecosystem, says Acer chairman
So much for being “partners” of M$… The world should just let M$ sit in the corner.