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AMD Windows 8 Tablet Revealed At Computex

Windows 8 market is not limited to machines powered by Intel and ARM, according to AMD.

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When it comes to the silicon that will power Windows 8 tablets, most of the buzz has centered around Intel versus chips that use ARM's SoC reference design. But AMD made it clear this week that it also plans to be a player in the Windows 8 market.

At Computex Wednesday, the company for the first time showed off a prototype tablet running its new Trinity Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) architecture.

The prototype, manufactured by Taiwan's Compal Electronics, features an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It's also got a kickstand and detachable keyboard, an indication that AMD is looking to play in the hybrid space.

AMD hopes Trinity, with its emphasis on high performance and low power consumption, will give Intel's Atom line a run in the mobile market. Intel has promised that Atom-based Windows 8 systems, be they tablets or notebooks, will offer support for legacy Windows apps. Beyond its demo at Computex, AMD has yet to reveal much about Windows 8-on-Trinity performance.

ARM-based chips from Qualcomm, Motorola, and Nvidia will support only Windows 8 RT, a tablet-only version that will run only approved Windows 8 apps downloaded from Microsoft's Windows Store.

[ Considering a Windows 8 ARM tablet? Here's what you need to know now: Windows 8 ARM Tablets: 8 Must-Know Facts. ]

Microsoft is hoping that the wide range of Windows 8 devices that will likely arrive this fall will be enough to make it a serious player in the tablet market, where it currently trails well behind Apple, with its iPad, and Google and its Android partners.

Earlier this week at the Taipei techfest, Acer previewed several Windows 8 systems, including a pair of tablets: the Iconia W510 and the Iconia W700. The former offers a 10.1-inch touch display and comes with a detachable keyboard dock. The larger w700 boasts an 11.6-inch display, which, on its docking cradle, can be swiveled into landscape or portrait mode.

And Asus introduced a pair of tablets. The 10.1-inch Tablet 600 runs Windows RT on an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Specs include 2MB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an 8-megapixel camera. The larger Tablet 810 runs Windows 8 on Intel Atom, features an 11.6-inch display, 64GB of storage, and a front-facing videoconferencing camera in addition to an 8MP photo camera.

More vendors are expected to announce Windows 8 systems as Computex continues through the week.

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6/7/2012 | 9:13:03 PM
re: AMD Windows 8 Tablet Revealed At Computex
Running Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64 bit on an old AMD Opteron dual core chip 939 socket motherboard with 2 GIG ram. I have two 19 inch flat screen monitors. Loaded it up when my XP install crashed after 8 years of service. Loaded up fine, had to use Windows 7 drivers for my Creative Labs X-FI Platinum sound card and a referral for drivers for my D-Link wireless USB stick. Windows 8 is very smooth running on my system. I like the fact that Windows Defender is built in. It picked up the other hardware and monitors easily and the apps can be moved from one screen to another (no big deal so did 7). I think Microsoft needs to provide a switch or an option for a standard view for people running the system on a computer (let it be Windows 8 but run and look like Windows 7). Otherwise I think Windows 7 will become the next Windows XP and have people who do not have tablets run it until end of life.
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6/7/2012 | 9:03:45 PM
re: AMD Windows 8 Tablet Revealed At Computex
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