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Microsoft names firms using ARM; Toshiba cancels

Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp named four PC makers that will offer devices using its new operating system tailored for ARM Holdings PLC technology, while Toshiba Corp canceled plans to make the devices because of delays in getting components.

Dell Inc, Samsung Electronics Co, Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) and Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) will make computers using Windows RT, Microsoft said in its first disclosure of which companies will support the platform.

Microsoft will release its next Windows platforms in October, with its RT version based on the same chip technology from ARM used in Apple’s iPads and iPhones. Toshiba said it will focus on devices using Windows 8, which operates on x86 technology utilized by Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc in chips for desktop and notebook computers.

“Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible,” Eric Paulsen, a spokesman in the US for the Tokyo-based company, said in a statement without specifying the components.

The Windows RT operating system will be included in completed devices and would not be sold separately, Microsoft said. The RT devices will join Microsoft’s own Surface tablet, its first-ever PC hardware, as the market for handheld products outpaces that for traditional desktop and laptop PCs.

Products using Windows RT will be thin and light with long battery life, Microsoft said. The devices will use chips from Qualcomm Inc, Nvidia and Texas Instruments, it said in the blog post.

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