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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Devices Will Come With Windows RT

June 27, 2012

Qualcomm Inc., the largest maker of mobile-phone semiconductors, said devices powered by its Snapdragon processors will be available later this year, when Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) releases its Windows RT software.

Snapdragon will run some of the thinnest and lightest computers available, Qualcomm Chief Executive Officer Paul Jacobs said today at a company event in San Diego.

Qualcomm is one of three chip companies partnering with Microsoft to bring devices using ARM Holdings Plc. technology- based processors to market with software designed to make Windows better compete with Apple Inc. (AAPL:US)’s iPad. Microsoft is enabling ARM-based chips, which dominate mobile phones and are the heart of the iPad, in a computer operating system for the first time.

Nvidia Corp. (NVDA:US) and Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN:US) are also working with Microsoft to deliver ARM-based computers and tablets. Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD:US), whose processors have traditionally run Windows computers, are working on a similar Microsoft touch-screen operating system.

Windows 8, for Intel and AMD chips, and Windows RT, for ARM-based chips, is Microsoft’s first computer operating system based around touch.

San Diego-based Qualcomm rose 1.8 percent to $54.89 at 2:38 p.m. in New York trading. The shares had dropped 1.4 percent this year through yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ian King in San Francisco at ianking@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net


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