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Qualcomm preps Snapdragon for Windows 8

Qualcomm has announced it is collaborating with Microsoft to enable Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile processors to power the first generation of upcoming Windows 8-based PCs.

Qualcomm said its Gobi mobile Internet connectivity solutions will provide Windows 8-based PCs with wireless 3G/4G connectivity to deliver an always-connected experience.

Microsoft demonstrated an early developer preview of Windows 8-based prototype PCs powered by Snapdragon processors and Gobi connectivity during the keynote address at its BUILD shindig yesterday.

“We are excited to be at BUILD to show the Windows ecosystem and how we are working together towards commercialization of apps and hardware that will run Windows 8,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of product management, computing and consumer products at Qualcomm. “It is a priority for Qualcomm to work with the developer community to optimize the Snapdragon and Gobi-powered platform for Windows 8 to provide an unparalleled mobile user experience.”

Qualcomm's next generation of Snapdragon processors is a family of all-in-one chipsets with the option for integrated multimode 3G/4G, differing numbers of CPU cores and the ability to support a range of device types. Qualcomm says it one of the few chip makers preparing to support both Windows-powered smartphones and PCs.

The outfit's Gobi system was shown delivering 3G/4G LTE connectivity of a Windows 8-based prototype PC. Gobi is a pre-certified multi-mode 3G/4G LTE module that makes it easy for OEMs to certify the connectivity of any Windows 8-based PC.

According to Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows planning, hardware and PC ecosystem at Microsoft: "Working closely with Qualcomm allows us to maximize performance while maintaining a high level of energy efficiency."