Microsoft is taking the unusual step of letting ARM processor designers choose their own partners for Windows 8 systems, part suppliers stated Monday. NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments were each being told to pick one major and one minor partner, Digitimes understood. Among the major partners, NVIDIA had picked Lenovo, Qualcomm had chosen Samsung, and TI had selected Toshiba.
Samsung had also been chosen by TI as a minor partner, suggesting more than one Windows 8 tablet would come from the company. NVIDIA had chosen Acer as a minor partner, while Qualcomm chose Sony as a similar supporter. Both Acer and Sony primarily focus on Android.