Check this out. This is the full Windows on ARM platforms developed by Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and Nvidia. Microsoft demonstrates a recompiled version of Microsoft Office for ARM, some other apps, talks about how it will support all the apps on ARM, this is awesome.
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I’m not really supposed to try to film this, but here it is. I try to click around in this pre-release Honeycomb Motorola Xoom tablet pre-production prototype instead of only letting it play the animated prepared UI videos from the gallery. Google is doing some awesome work in making software optimized for tablets. Like Archos has been doing it, they decided there’s no need for hardware Android buttons on Tablets. Other aspects of this UI suggests UI design that’s really being designed for high resolution touch screen devices.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announces Nvidia Project Denver. Nvidia is investing big time in ARM Processor development. As Tegra1 and Tegra2 have already been quite huge contribution to the ARM ecosystem, now Nvidia is announcing it’s next big project called Project Denver, to build ARM Processors not only for Mobile Computing applications, but also for full desktop computing, cloud computing servers and even for super computers.
- Project Denver: Nvidia Is Finally Making Its Own Processor [Nvidia] (gizmodo.com)
- Nvidia unveils ‘Denver,’ its first CPU for PCs (infoworld.com)
- Project Denver puts Windows on Nvidia chips (ces.cnet.com)
- NVIDIA chief confirms Windows coming to ARM chips (electronista.com)
- NVIDIA’s “Project Denver” to Build Custom CPU Cores for Personal Computers & Supercomputers (slashgear.com)
Do you wonder what’s the status of software on the Toshiba AC100, what delayed Tegra2 devices, what to expect from Nvidia Project Denver? Mike Rayfield, General Product Manager of the mobile business unit at Nvidia provides some informations on these things and more. I’ll look for much more informations at the manufacturers booths in the coming days.
Unnamed for now, it’ll be released once Honeycomb is open sourced and available for others than Motorola for implementation. It’s got a 1280×800 capacitive 10.1″ touch screen, 5 megapixel camera and more. It’s being developed by a different group at Toshiba than the one working on the Folio-100 tablet that I filmed at IFA about 4 months ago.
- Toshiba Announces Tegra 2-Powered Honeycomb Tablet, Lets Its Name Remain A Mystery (androidpolice.com)
- Toshiba Tegra 2 Tablet Gears up for CES 2011; Release Likely During First Half of This Year (devicemag.com)
- Toshiba Hasn’t Finished With Its Tegra 2 Android Tablets [Tablets] (gizmodo.com)
- Toshiba announces unnamed Tegra 2-powered Android tablet, waits only for Honeycomb (engadget.com)
- Toshiba Tegra 2 Android Honeycomb tablet gets pre-CES preview (slashgear.com)
- Toshiba previews Honeycomb tablet, won’t ship until June (electronista.com)
Here’s a demonstration showing that the second core in ARM Cortex-A9 processors allow for at least 50% performance improvement for such applications as the web browser in Android.
The CEO of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth, highlighted ARM Servers by Smooth-stone and Tegra2 Powered Toshiba AC100 at his keynote speech at the Ubuntu Developer Conference. He mentions the cool work done to port Ubuntu 10.10 to it: http://ac100.gudinna.com/. Hopefully Nvidia, Canonical people and the open source community will bring about full hardware acceleration for all aspects of Ubuntu 10.10 on this ARM Cortex-A9 laptop design.
Found via: blogarm.net
CEO of Nvidia, Jen-Hsun Huang, recently said at their GPU technology conference that some of the reason for Tegra 2 tablets delay has been the OS and software integration (my guess: possibly something to do with optimizing existing Android source code for Nvidia’s ARM Cortex A9), that several companies have needed to collaborate to reach “Windows 95″ level in terms of software integration, once the investment has been made to realize the horizhontal infrastructure behind these upcoming tablet, it will allow for the fast innovation curve that’s about to arrive when hundreds of companies can innovate faster in the tablet market. He hopes the Tegra 2 tablets will arrive to market by the end of the year, they are in the “home stretch”.
This video was released at: netbooknews.com
Here’s yet another 10.1″ Tegra 2 based Android tablet to be released in November for 399€ in a bunch of countries. It might be the same base tablet design as the one that I shown as the Malata 10.1″ Android tablet at Computex and the Interpad tablet that I filmed a couple days ago at IFA.
Interpad is a German brand releasing this 10.1″ capacitive ARM Cortex A9 Tegra2 based Android tablet design for 399€ all over Europe. This tablet design is manufactured by chinese manufacturer Malata as you can see from my Computex video filmed last June: 10 Inch Capacitive Android Tablet by Malata.