Qualcomm: ARM-Powered Windows 10 PCs will be arrive in Q4 2017

Qualcomm: ARM-Powered Windows 10 PCs will be arrive in Q4 2017

During its quarterly earnings call, held last night, Qualcomm revealed its plans to deliver a Windows 10 on ARM-based PC by the end of the year.

Microsoft has attempted ARM-based PCs in the past with its Windows RT (standing for "regrettable tablet"?) lineup, but this time round traditional Windows Programs will be supported as well as the universal app type. But at Qualcomm's Q2 results yesterday, the chipmaker's CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, offered a firmer fourth quarter 2017 timeframe.

While Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf was short on details about the device, he did state it would be a mobile PC - the "Cellular PC" coinde Microsoft and Qualcomm previous year - fusing portability with everything you get from a Snapdragon SoC, like Adreno graphics and all sorts of wireless connectivity (advanced LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) - all of this running Windows 10 on ARM, to boot.

Late previous year, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced that the companies are bringing full Windows 10 to Qualcomm's ARM processors.

The future integration of Snapdragon 835 was announced four months ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where its abilities to improve battery life and the overall power of a device, and run x86 Win32 apps and games were highlighted. Microsoft billed the forthcoming devices as a "truly mobile, power-efficient, always-connected cellular PC".

The devices will use Snapdragon 835 chipsets and will have cellular connectivity, so this will be on the high end.

The SoC's key features include the Qualcomm's Kryo 280 octa-core CPU, Adreno 540 GPU, the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with one gigabit per second downloads, Bluetooth 5.0, and Qualcomm's latest Quick Charge 4.0 technology.

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Microsoft demoed Windows 10 Enterprise edition running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor late previous year.

Qualcomm is already doing well in the smartphone market, and the Snapdragon 835 is powerful enough to run PCs.

The Windows 10 ARM PC will emulate the functionality of x86, which could slow down applications.

Microsoft and Qualcomm work closely together on smartphones, and the Windows 10 Mobile OS requires Snapdragon chips. That will ultimately depend on Microsoft's software ecosystem, and not on Qualcomm.

Apple has claimed that Qualcomm used its dominant market position market to overcharge on chip licensing fees.

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