Taiwanese vendors, led by Asus, are likely to be left out of the first wave of Windows on ARM products according to sources within the component supply chain, Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai from Digitimes report.
The three main ARM chipset makers, Qualcomm, Nvidia and Texas Instruments have picked Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo as their major collaborators respectively with Sony, Samsung and Acer being minor partners.
Samsung is already one of the most prominent players in the world of tech when it comes to tablets, laptops and other such devices.
Lenovo is likely to be used by its partners to tap into the Chinese market, while Toshiba is still one of the largest notebook manufacturers and still a very popular brand when it comes to mobile devices (although its handsets and tablets have been relative financial failures).
Windows on ARM is expected to be launched in the second half of 2012 with products trickling into the market from 2013 onwards.
The operating system will be the first new desktop variant released by Microsoft in more than a decade and will bring Windows 8 to an entirely new architecture that shares more in common with smartphones than desktops.