Qualcomm Sees Snapdragon Flying into Windows 8 PCs Next Year

Paul Lilly

Next year is going to be a busy one for Qualcomm. The mobile chip maker announced a whole bunch of new Snapdragon chipsets, including several upgraded parts designed for entry-level smartphones transitioning from 2G to 3G. Along with higher end chips for feature-rich smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm is also making a push into Windows 8 PCs.

According to CNet , Qualcomm and Microsoft are working together to make sure Windows 8 will be able to run on ARM-based Snapdragon chips. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs see Windows 8 as a "big opportunity" for ARM and says "we're going to see some interesting stuff going on."

Not just interesting, but maybe even a little bit ironic. Intel, who is dominant on the desktop, is trying to move into mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, two areas Qualcomm is very active in, and Qualcomm wants to get into desktops. Both come with significant challenges.

For Qualcomm, the support will be there, at least as far as Windows 8 is concerned. But for legacy apps that run on XP or even Vista and Windows 7, those will be a no-go on a Snapdragon system. Nevertheless, Qualcomm's Executive Vice President Steve Mollenkopf isn't worried and believes that the applications people really care about will be rewritten for ARM.

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