We all know that in the realm of PCs Intel reigns supreme in processors. On the other hand, Qualcomm chips rule the mobile computing world. With the imminent arrival of Windows 8, Qualcomm is slowly making its way to the PC world.
Qualcomm and Microsoft are collaborating to enable Qualcomm’s Snapdragon next generation of mobile processors to power the first generation of upcoming Windows 8-based PCs, becoming one of the only silicon providers to date positioned to support both Windows smartphones and PCs.
In addition, Qualcomm’s Gobi mobile Internet connectivity solutions will provide Windows 8-based PCs with wireless 3G/4G connectivity to deliver an always-connected experience. By integrating a Gobi-based module into Windows 8-based PCs, Qualcomm will provide a fast, easy-to-use global connectivity solution for an untethered, productive user experience.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of mobile processors also delivers dual-band Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth and FM radio connectivity through Qualcomm Atheros’ WCN3660 combo chip. The WCN3660 is an integrated solution optimized to work with a broad range of mobile operating systems and will be the first in a series of 802.11n wireless LAN solutions to fully support Windows 8.
“œCollaborating with Qualcomm to deliver Windows 8-based PCs will help deliver a high-performance and differentiated experience for customers,” said Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows planning, hardware and PC ecosystem, Microsoft. “œWorking closely with Qualcomm allows us to maximize performance while maintaining a high level of energy efficiency.”