Recent rumors in the industry suggest that HP will be focusing on using ARM processors over Intel and this might have a positive effect on HP’s Windows 8 offerings.
HP Planning To Use ARM Processors Over Intel
ARM processors are dominant in the mobile business where most of the new-age smartphone and tablet devices use them. Well known examples would include Apple’s A4 and A5 chips found in their iPhone and iPad products. Also, every phone that uses Qualcomm’s famous Snapdragon processor is also running on ARM.
ARM’s main advantage is high processing power without sacrificing battery life. Hence, when used in devices like netbooks and servers, their energy efficiency level goes up many notches. The rumors mainly suggest that HP is going to use ARM processors to offer energy efficient server options. In the server market, Intel processors currently have 90% of the market according to some studies.
How This Decision Might Influence HP’s Windows 8 Products
It is well known by now that Windows 8 Metro applications will be able to run on ARM processors. With HP’s renewed interest in tablets, their announcement to keep the PC business and their interest in Ultrabooks, they might be planning to put in ARM processors wherever they can. It is not only cost-effective for creating ARM powered netbooks and similar devices, it will also help them lead the way in an industry where all day long battery life is prioritized over heavy processing capabilities.
Intel so far has not been able to compete with ARM’s energy efficiency. So when Windows 8 Metro Applications become commonplace next year and start gaining traction, HP’s Windows 8 products might increasingly find ARM as their base to cut costs and increase efficiency in all regards.
Speaking from a consumer’s point of view — products with ARM onboard would be slimmer (due to lower battery requirements), lighter (less hardware onboard) and cheaper. All we need now are good Windows 8 Metro applications. Since Microsoft and many others are already putting their full weights behind Windows 8, we should see good results when Windows 8 releases next year.