Windows 8, next Version of Windows to Support ‘System on a Chip’ (SoC) Architecture

At the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows will support System on a Chip (SoC) architectures including ARM-based systems from partners NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.

SoC architectures consolidate the major components of a computing device onto a single package of silicon. This consolidation enables smaller, thinner devices while reducing the amount of power required for the device, increasing battery life and making possible always-on and always-connected functionality.

With support of SoC in the next version of the Windows client, Microsoft is enabling industry partners to design and deliver the widest range of hardware ever.

SoC architectures will fuel significant innovation across the hardware spectrum when coupled with the depth and breadth of the Windows platform.

Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division, made the announcement at a press conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, in advance of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Details at Microsoft News Center.

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