New Qualcomm processor optimized for Windows 8

Today, Qualcomm announced a new version of its ARM-based Snapdragon processor that it claims has been made to run well on Windows 8.

Qualcomm's press release today announced it will launch a Pro version of its Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor. It will feature the Adreno 320 GPU, which Qualcomm claims is four time more powerful than the previous version. It also supports dedicated hardware for accelerated Windows support as well as for running high end game graphics engines such as Unity 3D, Unreal Engine and more.

Qualcomm says the Pro version of the Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor "is optimized for the most advanced operating systems, including the highly anticipated Windows 8 system." Luis Pineda, Qualcomm's senior vice president of computing and consumer products, adds, "We are excited about the Snapdragon S4 Pro processors’ potential for consumers, and about the upcoming Windows 8 platform.”

The Pro version of the Snapdragon processor is expected to be launched in the second half of 2012, which is about when Microsoft plans to launch the commercial version of both the x86 and ARM ports of Windows 8.

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