Qualcomm is joining Microsoft's Windows ARM developer seeding program to provide select developers with the latest-generation Snapdragon S4 test PCs.
SpainMobile technologies specialist Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced that its
Snapdragon processor will be joining Microsoft's Windows on ARM developer
seeding program. The company is working with Microsoft to provide test PCs to
select developers to test and optimize apps for forthcoming Snapdragon-powered
Windows on ARM PCs and tablets.
invitation-only program will combine a prerelease version of Windows on ARM
with next-generation, high-performance Snapdragon S4 test PCs. Qualcomm noted
that the test PCs are not representative of commercial form factors or the
final Windows on ARM experience, but instead are designed to give developers
early access to building and testing Windows Metro-style apps on Qualcomm's
Windows on ARM developer seeding program is designed to help ensure that
Windows Metro-style apps available in the Windows Store work well on all
Windows 8-based PCs, including those with Qualcomm's ARM-compliant Snapdragon
processors. Qualcomm's participation in the Windows on ARM developer seeding
program provides select developers with the latest-generation Snapdragon S4
test PCs running a prerelease version of Windows on ARM.
test PCs contain Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor with
second-generation high-performance, power-efficient CPU; hardware-accelerated
Adreno graphics; full multimedia; GPS; sensors; and peripherals that are
designed to help enable development and tests of next-generation Windows Metro-style
apps for the coming wave of Windows on ARM PCs.
development tools and the Qualcomm Snapdragon test PCs will enable developers
to build and test Metro-style apps for Windows on ARM PCs," said Stefan
Kinnestrand, director of business planning for the Windows division of
Microsoft. "Based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, these systems will equip
developers to create Metro-style apps and offer a rich set of hardware
peripherals that plug in and help enable seamless user experiences on the
Windows on ARM platform."
with Microsoft, is among those heading the shift to anytime, anywhere
connectivity. The Snapdragon mobile processor will offer a combination of
processing performance, rich multimedia, GPS, high-performance graphics,
wireless connectivity and power efficiency with Windows on ARM. "Qualcomm
is committed to the Windows on ARM ecosystem and knows that enabling developers
is a crucial factor for its success," said Luis Pineda, senior vice
president of product management for computing and consumer products at
Qualcomm. "We are now providing Snapdragon S4 test PCs with built-in 4G
LTE, activated in some regions, to software application developers."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.