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Windows 8 Will Fuel Qualcomm Growth Beyond Handsets and Tablets

Qualcomm's President and executive vice president, Steve Altman and Steve Mollenkopf, shed some light on the long term strategy of the company surrounding Windows 8 during the company's earnings conference call.

Mollenkopf confirmed that Windows 8 on Arm will make computers behave just like smartphones. They will run on a low power mode and will remain connected to the network in an always up to date state.

He added that the OS is likely to be a significant opportunity for the company, as Qualcomm will be able to compete on the desktop and laptop segments, something it tried to do with the Smartbook model a few years ago, but failed.

Altman revealed that there are several chipsets being developed by Qualcomm that will support Windows 8 and the company believes that this "will be a pretty interesting market" in the next few years.

Qualcomm reported revenues of $4.12 billion for the last quarter with earnings of $1.06 billion. The company shipped a whopping 483 million CDMA handsets and has rolled out 300 Snapdragon devices with 350 more in development.

It would be interesting to find out whether Qualcomm emulates the likes of Nvidia, TI, AMCC and Calxeda and releases a server chip in 2012.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.