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Qualcomm Preps Snapdragon S4 For Windows RT

The chip maker has been the only supplier of SoCs for Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 smartphones. "We were able to work with Microsoft to actually power the first Windows Phone 7 launches, which is something we are very proud of," said Qualcomm SVP Rob Chandhok at the Computex Taipei Innovation Forum. "We are using that partnership now to actually bring the Snapdragon processor family into the Windows RT launch that Microsoft will be doing in the future."

Chandhok noted that the company shipped Snapdragon processors to 70 manufacturers, which used the chips in more than 370 different device models, with another 400 being in development. About 150 will be using the upcoming Snapdragon S4 chip.

There was no information how many are Windows RT products and when such systems may be commercially available. However, the company is offering demonstration of S4-based tablets using a dual-core 1.5 GHz MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 at Computex.

This particular chip will be Qualcomm's initial product for Windows RT, but a quad-core variant that will not include 3G and 4G LTE support will be released later this year as well. Chandhok did not announce any products that integrate the S4. However, he said that Snapdragon-based Windows RT devices should appear at the same time as rival technologies such as Nvidia's Tegra 3.