NVIDIA has taken the opportunity at CES to show off their own idea of a Tegra 3 based tablet running Windows 8 on ARM.
NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 Windows 8 Tablet Demoed At CES
NVIDIA is displaying a Windows 8 based tablet running on the latest version of the company’s popular and power Tegra SoC — Tegra 3. The GPU-specialist company showed off the tablet at a press conference at the ongoing CES 2012 event in Las Vegas, US.
Tegra 3 is the latest version of the Tegra line of SoCs (System on a chip) from NVIDIA. They are based on chips made on the ARM architecture and hence support only the ARM version of Windows 8, which has only the Metro UI and supports only Metro apps. The desktop and legacy Windows apps will not be supported on this platform. Historically, this is the first time Windows is coming with support for anything other than x86 (Intel and AMD chips). Microsoft has planned to bridge the gap between phones, tablets and PCs with a redone version of Windows that has a new UI called Metro.
Video: 5th CPU Core
Tegra 3 from NVIDIA has a fresh trick up it sleeve. Other than being more powerful and better at saving battery than its predecessor, it has a 5th hidden processor that has the sole purpose of enhancing the touch experience. It is essentially a dedicated chip for processing touch inputs, making the experience very smooth.
During the on-stage demo, the tablet was shown to be running 3D games such as Wipeout HD and Shadowgun. NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told the assembled press that his company is looking forward to making this tablet a great product with Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and Microsoft’s Windows 8.
Tegra 3 is also the processor used by Asus on their Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet model. Even though it is based on Android 4.0 as well, there’s word on the street that the same or a closely resembling model will be also be released bearing Windows 8 on ARM.