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Nvidia launches Win 8 developer support

Posted: 19 Sep 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Windows 8  developer programme  ARM  SoC 

Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 8 operating system, which will for the first time support ARM-based SoCs including Nvidia Corp.'s Tegra and x86 product offerings, now gets developer support from Nvidia Corp.

Nvidia (Santa Clara, Calif.) said its Windows 8 developer programme would provide developers with support and resources for software designed to run on ARM and x86-based Nvidia chips, along with access to the latest news, training and education. Developers can register for the programme via Nvidia's website, the company said.

Rene Haas, general manager of notebook products at Nvidia, said Nvidia has in the past had a "rich history of supporting developers" creating software that runs on Windows through the company's x86-based products, including its GeForce, Quadro and Tesla graphics processing units. The big change with Windows 8, obviously, is that it will support ARM-based processors from Nvidia and others for the first time, he noted.

Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the PC Business Unit at Nvidia, described Windows 8's support of ARM-based processors as a "seismic shift" in the electronics industry. He said Nvidia's experience with both ARM and x86 environments and its familiarity with the Windows code base make the company qualified to support Windows 8 developers.

Nvidia is currently developing its next-generation, quad-core Tegra processor, code-named Project Kal-El—an ARM-based SoC that is expected to power lightweight, energy-efficient tablets and notebooks.

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