Nvidia: Microsoft’s new Surface RT has a Tegra soc




The successor to Microsoft Surface RT is not powered by a Qualcomm chip, as expected by some, but by a soc chip designer Nvidia. The company would now work closely with Microsoft on the new tablet.

Nvidia Tegra Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has at CNET told that his company is busy with work for the new tablet. Nvidia also supplied all the Tegra 3 chip for Microsoft’s first Surface RT. In recent months, several sources reported that Microsoft had switched to rival Qualcomm, but that turns out not to be so.

Although Huang does not mention the specific chip that will be in the new Surface RT, is the most likely to use the Tegra 4-soc. It consists of five Cortex-A15 processor cores and is significantly faster than the Tegra 3 chip from the first Surface RT, which was based on the Cortex A9 design. Currently, only a small number of devices available with a Tegra 4-soc, including Nvidia’s own Shield handheld , HP’s Slate Book X2 and some tablets from Toshiba.

The Surface RT was Microsoft’s first attempt at a tablet own and was not very successful. One possible reason why consumers were not enthusiastic, is that the RT version of Windows is not backwards compatible with legacy applications. Microsoft was forced to a large depreciation to do on stocks because of poor sales and the price has recently been reduced .

Other tablets running Windows RT do not do well: Asus recently announced yet to completely stop the production of RT devices in response to disappointing sales of its VivoTab RT.

According to Jen-Hsun Huang was the lack of Outlook for Surface RT a big problem, he sees that as a ‘killer app’. If the new Surface true, probably sometime this fall, then Outlook will be available, according to Huang and should make a big difference.


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