Qualcomm announced that they and Microsoft are collaborating to enable Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ next generation family of mobile processors to power the first generation of upcoming Windows 8-based PCs, becoming one of the only silicon providers to date positioned to support both Windows smartphones and PCs. In addition, Qualcomm’s Gobi™ mobile Internet connectivity solutions will provide Windows 8-based PCs with wireless 3G/4G connectivity to deliver an always-connected experience. Microsoft Corp. demonstrated an early developer preview of Windows 8-based prototype PCs powered by Snapdragon processors and Gobi connectivity during the keynote address at BUILD earlier today.

Luis Pineda, senior vice president of product management, computing and consumer products said:

We are excited to be at BUILD to show the Windows ecosystem and how we are working together towards commercialization of apps and hardware that will run Windows 8. It is a priority for Qualcomm to work with the developer community to optimize the Snapdragon and Gobi-powered platform for Windows 8 to provide an unparalleled mobile user experience.