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NVIDIA CEO Confirms Work on Next-Gen Microsoft Surface Tablet

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 9, 2013 12:21AM
Author: bp9801

Last year, Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet, with the Surface RT running Windows RT and the Surface Pro on Windows 8. Both tablets offer a wealth of features and really demonstrate how well Windows 8 can work with a touch interface. However, like any good piece of hardware, as time passes things tend to fall behind in terms of performance. There's always a faster CPU or GPU just over the horizon, and it seems the Surface tablet will be benefiting from new technology before long. In a recent interview, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed his company is involved with Microsoft on a next-generation Surface tablet.

Huang spoke of a reason the Surface RT tablet hasn't quite taken off like Microsoft predicted, and that's because it didn't include Outlook. He had the following to say: "It is the killer app for Windows. Now we're going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We're working really hard on it, and we hope that it's going to be a big success."

NVIDIA's Tegra 3 powers the Surface RT, and since it's ARM-based that means no x86 apps, like Outlook. However, from the sound of things NVIDIA is fixing that. Does this mean an x86 version of Tegra or just that NVIDIA is working with Microsoft to bring x86 apps over to ARM? Microsoft declined to comment about Huang's statements, as did NVIDIA, so it looks like we'll be left wondering a while longer.

Source: CNET and PC World



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