More support for Windows RT, this time from Nvidia

Multiple models of next-generation Windows RT machines will run faster Tegra 4 processors, exec says

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Haas laughed at Huang's comment and remarked that Huang "has more faith in that god, but Outlook would be a real positive."

Windows RT doesn't run traditional Windows applications as Windows 8 does on X86-based tablets. And analysts have said consumers are confused about the value of purchasing a Windows RT device. Several analysts have called on Microsoft to kill Windows RT or merge it with an updated Windows 8 in the next generation, with what is being called Windows Blue.

Microsoft hasn't been explicit about what Windows Blue will include, although Windows marketing chief Tami Reller recently said in an interview with Geekwire: "We want to leave no doubt about our commitment to ARM."

Computerworld recently asked Microsoft to comment about Windows RT, but the company declined.

Huang, according to Haas, told investors in March that eventually users of Windows tablets won't know if they are using a tablet running X86 or one running ARM and will just know they are using the Windows "modern" user interface. "How or when that happens, we don't know," Haas said.

Nvidia provides Tegra 3 processors for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet, as well as the Asus VivoTab RT and the Lenovo Yoga 11, which is actually a convertible device that can be used as a clamshell laptop or as a tablet.

Haas said next-generation Tegra 4 processors will run on "multiple" versions of upcoming Windows RT tablets, although he would not name them or say when they will be available.

Unveiled in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show, the Tegra 4 is a quad-core system-on-a-chip based on ARM's most advanced Cortex-A15 architecture. It has a second-generation battery-saving core as well. The Tegra 4 has been clocked at 1.9GHz, but it also includes 72 custom graphics processor cores to support super-high-definition 4K resolution, console gaming and High Dynamic Range photography.

Haas said he personally uses the Surface RT and the Yoga 11. He said the Yoga 11, at 11 inches, gives him plenty of display size, but with plenty of battery life for a flight from New York to San Francisco and much more left over. "It is very light and easily fits in a bag, and I can use it as a tablet or clamshell and it has good mechanics going back and forth," he said.

The Surface RT with the Type keyboard attachment easily has enough battery life for a 14-hour workday on Nvidia's campus, he said. "When I flip it shut with the keyboard, it's like any other tablet," he added.

"There's no fan and no rotating hard drive, so it's light. I get a quick boot, so if I'm sitting in an airport or a coach seat, I can easily shut it off, put it in the seat and when I pull it back out, I don't have to wait 10 seconds to resume work. It's easy to run around with," Haas added.

This article, "More Support for Windows RT, This Time From Nvidia," was originally published on Computerworld.com.

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