SAN FRANCISCO—Qualcomm Technologies Inc. announced Wednesday (Dec. 7) it is collaborating with Microsoft Corp. to bring support for Windows 10 to mobile computing devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips, the first support for Windows 10 for ARM-based processors.
The companies did not provide a specific timetable for the project, but said the first PCs running Windows 10-based Snapdragon processors could be available as early as next year.
The first PCs running Windows 10 based on Snapdragon processors are expected to be available as early as next year.
Microsoft launched a largely unsuccessful version of Windows for ARM-based processors, Windows RT, in 2012. It was eventually discontinued.
“With compatibility with the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform is expected to support mobility to cloud computing and redefine how people will use their compute devices,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and president of Qualcomm CDMA technologies, in a statement.
Qualcomm (San Diego) said new Windows 10 PCs powered by Snapdragon can be designed to support x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Windows 10 gaming titles.
—Dylan McGrath covers the semiconductor industry for EE Times.