NVIDIA will continue its support of Microsoft’s Windows RT, Microsoft’s lightweight operating system for devices that use ARM processors.
That’s according to an executive who spoke to ComputerWorld about the direction the company thinks computing is going, a direction that includes a market shift towards Windows RT tablets in the future.
“NVIDIA is very invested and very committed to Windows RT, and we feel it has a bright future”, remarked Rene Hass, vice president of computing products for NVIDIA. Reportedly, the company’s Tegra 4 processors will be at the core of “multiple” Windows RT devices. NVIDIA apparently believes that devices using Windows RT platform is “where things are going”.
The company doesn’t think that the transition will happen overnight however, with Hass saying that “It’s very early in what is a very significant transition for the PC platform. If you step back and look at how we use computers today, everything is driven by mobile and access to information everywhere. Windows RT devices are very thin and have a very long battery life, and these are the key tenets of what a PC will look like in the future”.
That NVIDIA is willing to invest in the future of Windows RT is telling. According to numbers recently compiled by market research firm IDC, third-party devices powered by Microsoft’s Windows RT platform only tallied a total of 1.8 million devices shipped. Because most of those were Microsoft’s own Surface RT tablet, perhaps NVIDIA should be excited. The Surface RT runs on a current generation NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.
Looking away from business sensibilities and marketing numbers for a second, Haas’ statements could be hint that the next generation of Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet will use a Tegra 4 processor. If so, an updated surface could boast at the very minimum, four processing cores with a maximum clockspeed of 1.9GHz, 4GB of RAM, a display with a resolution as high as 3200 x 2000 pixels and 4k video output via an HDMI port.
Today’s Surface RT ships with 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Additionally, because Windows RT uses ARM chipsets as opposed to x86 and x64 processors, supported tablets are able to provide users with longer battery life, and thinner form factors.