NVIDIA CEO: 'We're working really hard on' second-gen Surface RT

Microsoft hasn't offered any details about its future Surface tablets so far, although its CEO Steve Ballmer told employees at a recent internal meeting that the next generation versions of the tablets are currently being tested. Today, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has confirmed that the chip maker is working with Microsoft on a new version of the Surface RT tablet.

Speaking to CNet, Huang stated, "Now we're going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We're working really hard on it, and we hope that it's going to be a big success." The original Surface RT, which launched in October and recently got a big permanent price cut, uses NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor.

You may remember that Huang was the one that prayed to the "Outlook god" to bring a version of Outlook to Windows RT. The Outlook god (or the Outlook development team at Microsoft) responded with a version of Outlook RT that's being included with the Windows 8.1 update. Today, Huang seemed pleased with the release of Outlook RT, stating, "It is the killer app for Windows."

Qualcomm is also expected to have its quad-core Snapdragon 800 processors in some upcoming Windows RT tablets, but so far there's no word if Microsoft might use the chip in yet another Surface RT tablet.

Source: CNet | Image via Microsoft

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If next-gen Surface RT is priced @ £349.99 WITH touch keyboard, I'll sell my 1st Gen Surface RT & get one. Otherwise I won't bother. I do love my surface def worthwhile purchase.

I have a question. In the past lots of laptops that used Nvidia chips have always had issues, namely; they somehow get to hot and the solder that holds them to the PCB causes the GPU to get unseated which prevented so many laptops from booting. I know because I have one.

So my question is, why doesn't Microsoft use AMD for their GPU's?
In my usage of systems I have hand built like my present system which supports SLI and Crossfire, I found I got much better performance per clock with ATI/AMD.

TechieXP said,
I have a question. In the past lots of laptops that used Nvidia chips have always had issues, namely; they somehow get to hot and the solder that holds them to the PCB causes the GPU to get unseated which prevented so many laptops from booting. I know because I have one.

So my question is, why doesn't Microsoft use AMD for their GPU's?
In my usage of systems I have hand built like my present system which supports SLI and Crossfire, I found I got much better performance per clock with ATI/AMD.


AMD chips aren't very energy efficient compared to others. Besides they haven't even released any ARM-based SoC.

I'm really hoping that Microsoft doesn't make the same mistakes as the original RT. Pricing, availability, educating (or more to the point - retraining) users on how to use the interface, etc. I thought the Surface was a nice product, but for the amount they were asking? Sorry, no. iPad pricing for a brand new product and ecosystem is a bit unrealistic. They should've been aiming at the $350-$400 price range, going up against Android tablets...

If it was up to me? It'd be ARM on the low-end/consumption devices, skip Atom, and start the x86 tablets with an i3.

Time to stop pretending RT offers any kind of advantage over ios and android, all those things people tout that it does better don't seem to be attracting any buyers because that's not what tablet buyers want. Next gen Atom will provide all the benefits of an RT device and offer real advantages over the icrowd. Best of both worlds, rather than trying to put lipstick on the pig that is Windows RT.

efjay said,
Time to stop pretending RT offers any kind of advantage over ios and android, all those things people tout that it does better don't seem to be attracting any buyers because that's not what tablet buyers want. Next gen Atom will provide all the benefits of an RT device and offer real advantages over the icrowd. Best of both worlds, rather than trying to put lipstick on the pig that is Windows RT.

Well, it does have a desktop, which let's you use the tablet as a regular computer when it's connected to a external monitor + usb-mouse/keyboard or the touch/type cover. You may argue that a desktop shouldn't even be on a tablet, but I find that having the option is great. I've used it on several occasions, most of the time for desktop browsing and great file handling (but not so much office, as I'm not that big of a office user).

It also has native remote desktop, networking and powershell (for advanced users of course). For regular users, it offers multi-user login, side-by-side multitasking, built-in flash, office and encryption.

Looking forward to it, already own multiple Surface RT and find it way much useful than their Android or Apple counterpart. Basically its a desktop OS scaled down for tablet versus phone OS scaled up for tablet, so much more utility.

The sales were not up to expectations, not for the price but positioning and looks like they did not pay anything to the tech reviewers like Google and Apple did ... too much negative reviews for a product which is actually superior to Android, iOS or Chrome

This is sad.
I really hoped the next Surface RT would be powered by a Snapdragon 800.
I am far from convinced the Tegra 4 is up to the task.

meh, nvidia knows what they are doing. they are playing the el cheapo game. they aren't using a unified shader architecture,instead they are using fixed function shaders to cut down on die space, so less transistors = less cost. next,they are upping the clocks and using less shaders. I have no clue what QUALCOMM is doing,but from the looks of their previous gpu,the adreno 320, they must be using a unified shader architecture in the 330. i think,even though a unified shader architecture is more flexible, the nvidia may have an advantage in speed in the end.

I really hope for a Snapdragon 800 variant.

I push myself really hard to like NVIDIA's Tegra ARM solution but the reality is simply against it.
Tegra 2 supposed o be the absolute Dual Core chipset of its time and when it actually hit the market the few tablets based on it were way behind in performance.
Tegra 3 supposedly solve all the Tegra 2 performance issues and was going to be a real high-end solution, again NVIDIA failed to deliver with many Tegra 3 based Tablets underperforming in simple daily scenarios with the Surface RT included.
And now here we go again with the same story for Tegra 4 and this time its more than clear that the Snapdragon 800 is the absolute king when it comes to the high-end category of ARM chipsets.

Just my thoughts... Hopefully Tegra 4 can finally deliver, or hopefully we will see two different RT variants, (an 8 inch and a 10 inch variants maybe) one based on the Snapdragon 800 and the other on Tegra 4.

Time will tell...

A Tegra 4 would be a huge improvement. However, I think MS needs to keep the price down in order to sell another Surface RT. From the sounds of things, the price cut on the first gen RT had helped clear stock, so hopefully a second gen RT is close in price, perhaps max 400$ for a 32GB