The future of the Windows 8 ARM tablet market is coming together, as a new report identifies that chipmakers have begun matching up with their hardware counterparts.
Reportedly, Microsoft will allow the three major ARM processor makers – NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments – to pick two device makers as a major and minor partner. The rank of the partner will depend on the makers’ investment of technical resources, as stated in the report.
It is said that NVIDIA selected Lenovo and Acer, while Texas Instruments and Qualcomm both chose Samsung, as well as Toshiba and Sony, respectively. Of these companies, Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo are the major partners, with sources believing Samsung was chosen by both Qualcomm and Texas Instruments for its strong technological resources and its leading position in the smartphone and tablet market. Meanwhile, NVIDIA is not including ASUS, which is the company’s largest client in its Tegra 2011 series, instead opting for Lenovo due to its strong advantages in the China market.