Nvidia launches Win 8 developer program
Nvidia (Santa Clara, Calif.) said its Windows 8 developer program would provide developers with support and resources for software designed to run on ARM and x86-based Nvidia chips, along with access to the latest news, training and education. Developers can register for the program via Nvidia’s website, the company said.
Rene Haas, general manager of notebook products at Nvidia, said Nvidia has in the past had a "rich history of supporting developers" creating software that runs on Windows through the company’s x86-based products, including its GeForce, Quadro and Tesla graphics processing units.
The big change with Windows 8, obviously, is that it will support ARM-based processors from Nvidia and others for the first time, he noted. Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the PC Business Unit at Nvidia, described Windows 8’s support of ARM-based processors as a "seismic shift" in the electronics industry.
He said Nvidia’s experience with both ARM and x86 environments and its familiarity with the Windows code base make the company qualified to support Windows 8 developers. Nvidia is currently developing its next-generation, quad-core Tegra processor, code-named Project Kal-El—an ARM-based SoC that is expected to power lightweight, energy-efficient tablets and notebooks.