Texas Instruments to Unveil Windows 8 ARM Tablet at CES, Keeping it Behind Glass

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Texas Instruments will be showcasing a Windows 8 ARM tablet packing an OMAP4470 processor at CES 2012 this week, with the unnamed tablet expected to show up at Texas Instrument’s booth. 

Texas InstrumentsThe tablet will give the world an early look at Windows 8 ARM performance, as it will run an OMAP4470 dual-core 1.7GHz processor. It is still unclear whether ARM-based tablets will lack the Desktop experience, as previous reports claimed the slates would only feature the METRO user interface. 

Refusing to show off its Windows 8 ARM work at Microsoft’s BUILD conference last year, Texas Instruments opted to keep its design tablet, which packed a dual-core 1GHz OMAP4430 processor, behind glass. While details of what the Windows interface will look like on the ARM-powered tablets are still limited, Texas Instrument did say that they expect Windows 8 tablets to ship with this type of processor once Microsoft has it ready. 

Another competitor chipmaker, NVIDIA, showed a tablet powered by its ARM-based Tegra 3 processor also running Windows 8 at its press conference yesterday. Thus far, ARM Windows tablets are few and far between at CES 2012, and the NVIDIA and TI units are out of reach for the press and showgoers. Hopefully we’ll know more about Windows 8 on ARM in the coming months.

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