NVIDIA: Our support for Windows RT 'remains at a high level'

This week, Microsoft cut the prices of both of its Surface RT tablet permanently by $150 each. Those tablets have NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processors inside, running Microsoft's ARM-based Windows RT. While some believe that the days of Windows RT are numbered, an executive of NVIDIA remains bullish, at least publicly, about the OS's future.

In a chat with Computerworld, Rene Haas, vice president of computing products at NVIDIA, said that the chipmaker's support of Windows RT " ... remains at a high level and hasn't changed." Haas added:

Surface RT is the very beginning of a long process and it's the first shot in a changing landscape ... Microsoft is moving the entire Windows platform to something really mobile.

Hass is also encouraged by the new price cuts for the Surface RT, stating that NVIDIA employees regularly use the tablet with the Windows 8.1 preview version installed. That includes the new Outlook RT email client and Haas says, "We can use it to book meetings and other ways and it's completely productive and a big item for us."

Haas says that NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 processor will be used in upcoming future tablets running on Windows RT but would not confirm any specific PC maker or that will launch products with the chip inside.

Source: Computerworld | Image via Microsoft

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I want one, it's a very good tablet with Office included, even better with Win 8.1 ... But not with the Tegra3, it's too slow if you compare it to the CPU/GPU inside the iPad (A6?).

derekaw said,
Too bad no one wants RT.

How do you know that no one wants Surface RT, have you asked everyone in the world?

neo158 said,

How do you know that no one wants Surface RT, have you asked everyone in the world?


Windows RT has 0.4% of tablet platform market share right now.

lmaobox said,
Windows RT has 0.4% of tablet platform market share right now.

That doesn't prove that no one wants Windows RT it just proves that it has a small market share.

lmaobox said,
ten percent would be 'small market share', zero percent means that nobody wants it.

Going by what you've said then, nobody wants Windows Phone because it has less than 10% market share.

The thing is, even if RT edition is dropped its not an issue for anyone that wanted one, because the windows store will live on because its also on full win 8. So worse case scenario is people that want RT wont be able to get it, but people with RT will be fully supported and apps will continue to be made.

Torolol said,
of course he said that until MSFT switch into non-nvidia SoC for good ....

I don't think they will, actually I think MS will plan to use different chips from different partners to keep them all happy.

They don't really have a lot to say after Windows RT/Surface RT results. Come Haswell and in 12 months, I don't think ARM will be in the tablets race anymore.

Kunal Nanda said,
They don't really have a lot to say after Windows RT/Surface RT results. Come Haswell and in 12 months, I don't think ARM will be in the tablets race anymore.

Except Haswell chips cost $225+ whereas ARM chips are $25.

dagamer34 said,
Except Haswell chips cost $225+ whereas ARM chips are $25.

Intel themselves stated they expect tablet and hybrid device prices using their chips to go down to $150-200 at the end of the year. How would that be possible if the chip inside alone costs "$225+"?

Eh of course they're going to say that.

But anyway, one thing he's right about is that RT is a long play. Is it a viable option now? Well that depends on what you want from your device. I'm perfectly happy to live in Metro on my tablet, and use the desktop on.. well.. my desktop machine. For me, the biggest con against RT is that god awful Tegra 3.

ZipZapRap said,
Eh of course they're going to say that.

But anyway, one thing he's right about is that RT is a long play. Is it a viable option now? Well that depends on what you want from your device. I'm perfectly happy to live in Metro on my tablet, and use the desktop on.. well.. my desktop machine. For me, the biggest con against RT is that god awful Tegra 3.

I agree, they should've went with better hardware but I'm sure NVidia cut a good deal with them on the tegra 3 chips price wise. RT is the future pure mobile play, it will take over the phone as well in time. At that point developers will really be able to write an app once and have it run on phone, phablet, tablet and as a bonus even on x86 hardware.