Texas Instruments to demo Windows 8 ARM tablet at 2012 International CES
Undoubtedly, the 2012 International CES event has shown the entire world that in the near future Tablets and Ultrabooks are going to replace bulky notebooks and slower netbooks. Several exhibitors showcased their awaited tablet PCs and portable computers. Out of all, Texas Instruments made a striking entry in the event to grab maximum attention of the consumers. The very popular chip maker firm has unveiled a Windows 8 ARM tablet. The device was expected to be released in last BUILD Conference but the company encountered some delay. Finally the tablet made a debut in the ongoing 2012 International CES. For the time being, the manufacturers haven’t given any name to the device.
The tablet is designed on OMAP chip architecture, which is engineered by the company itself. The OMAP4470 dual-core 1.7 GHz chip integrated in the tablet is powerful enough to enhance the processing speed, while performing multitasking jobs ranging from playing heavy games to seamless browsing to streaming high-definition videos. It is worth mentioning that the ARM chip has also got a PowerVR SGX544 GPU that allows the users to deploy DirectX 9, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG 1.1, and OpenCL 1.1 for better performance.
Also this device has advanced features like programmable accelerators and hardware composition which come along with a separate ISP. Moreover, the subsystem display can support three displays simultaneously to produce 2048 x 1536 resolutions. Also, Windows 8 ARM tablet supports HDMI 1.4a stereoscopic 3D as well. Since Windows 8 is going to be based on the ARM platform, one can experience extra-capabilities. Aidan Marcuss, senior director of Windows Core Marketing & Ecosystem at Microsoft said, “Our partnership with platform leaders such as TI help take full advantage of ARM architecture, with new capabilities that enable compelling new PCs and user scenarios.” Although Texas Instruments is not certain about the actual date, the company is confident that the product will come eventually in the last quarter of 2012 or latest by early 2013.