Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 21:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just - just hold on a second. This is big: NVIDIA, maker of graphics accelerator chips, has just announced, during its keynote at CES, that it is developing a high-performance ARM-based processor together with ARM, targeted squarely at the desktop, server, and even high-performance computing markets. That Windows on ARM thing? NVIDIA referenced it multiple times! Update: Boom, and we have a press release. "NVIDIA announced today that it plans to build high-performance ARM based CPU cores, designed to support future products ranging from personal computers and servers to workstations and supercomputers. Known under the internal codename 'Project Denver', this initiative features an NVIDIA CPU running the ARM instruction set, which will be fully integrated on the same chip as the NVIDIA GPU."
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Actually it make very good business sense. Provide choice to the Consumer. The more platforms that an OS can run on, the more applications we will see that OS find. It is very simple math.

MS is a software business, notwithstanding their forays into hardware construction. They need to compete in as many arenas as possible, if only to hedge their bets. Imagine if a new ARM based server became the best hardware for a particular environment? If there was no Windows option, then they can't hope to compete.

It makes perfect sense. And they will have to compete with Linux. I don't think they can take anything for granted any more. Every battle they concede, could be a nail in the coffin.

MS plays catch-up in so many places, they cannot afford to take some chances.

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