Windows 8 has inspired the whole industry to work on super-thin laptops with moderate processing power, high battery life and high portability value.
After Intel bringing out the Ultrabook brand for using with its low power core series processors and HP’s plans to have it own line of thin laptops, Texas Instruments is the latest to announce their own plans for ultrathin laptops.
Texas Instruments Working On Windows 8 Multi-Core Systems For Thin Laptops
Texas Instruments has already confirmed that they are working on a new multi-core OMAP CPU for mobile devices like ultrathin laptops and general tablet devices.
NVIDIA will use their Tegra system-on-a-chip (CPU+GPU+Memory+Northbridge+Southbridge) in a lot of Windows 8 netbooks, thin laptops and tablets in 2012. Since Tegra is in direct competition with Texas Instrumen’s OMAP, it should interesting to see the competitive development that happens around Windows 8.
For TI, their OMAP 4 system-on-a-chipcan run Windows 8 (demoe’d at the CES 2011). With OMAP 5 coming out soon with 2 + 2 processor cores, it is clear that OMAP will now be even better at running Windows 8. OMAP 4 4430 at the moment runs a 45nm chip clocked at 1.0GHz. Coming up next is the OMAP 4460, which is going to run at 2 x 1.5GHz and is said to be the choice for the next Nexus from Google. Following up would be the 4470, which would be running at.8GHz and will be made with a 45nm process and not 40nm.
The highly anticipated 4470 should be available during the second half of 2012. So it will be ready for use a lot longer before the industry expects Windows 8 to come out.
Coming to OMAP 5, we have a 28nm chip that can run at 2Ghz — a lot of nice processing power for Windows 8. We have already mentioned it that Windows 8 is running smoothly on 1.8GHz on x86 and since the ARM version will be Metro UI only, it should actually run even better on an ARM CPU’s with 2GHz.