HP To Pass On ARM In Favor of x86 For Windows 8 Tablets

Posted Jun 30, 2012

Hewlett Packard Company will not be using chips made by ARM Holdings Plc when building tablets that will be powered by the Windows 8 operating system. Instead HP will focus on x86 chips. Two of the biggest companies that are building x86 chips include Intel and AMD. Microsoft will be releasing their own ARM-based tablet, which will help ARM Holdings feel less of a blow when losing HP’s business.

HP spokeswoman Marlene Somsak said that the decision ?was influenced by input from our customers.? She added ?the robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future.?

Computer manufacturers will use ARM-based chips for devices that run on Microsoft Windows RT, but devices that run on Windows 8 will use x86. Microsoft has limited computer manufacturers access to Windows RT code to ensure a small and high-quality number of devices.

Somsak said that HP’s decision to avoid ARM was made before Microsoft announced their own tablet called the Surface. HP was considering making an ARM tablet using chips from Qualcomm.