DigiTimes reports Microsoft has decided the downstream partners for the development of its Windows on ARM (WOA) platform. The site heard Taiwanese-based vendors will only play a minor role in the project:
The sources revealed that Microsoft will let the three major ARM processor makers, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, pick two notebook partners for development projects with one being the major partner and the other being a minor partner, depending on the makers' investment of technical resources.
Qualcomm selected Samsung Electronics and Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and Samsung and Nvidia, Lenovo and Acer, of these, Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo are the major partners.
Meanwhile, Asustek, which is the largest client of Nvidia's Tegra series in 2011 and the fifth-largest notebook player worldwide, is being left out from the project.