With the big release of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system fast approaching, the war of words between Intel and ARM has become more heated as the rivals gear up for the release of new touch-based devices with their processors.
The companies used the Computex trade show in Taipei as a sounding board about why the upcoming Windows OS was superior on tablets and laptops running on their processors. Intel said Windows virtually grew up on its x86 processors, painting ARM as the new kid on the block that cannot yet be trusted. ARM said that Windows devices based on its processors will attract a fresh user base with few ties with legacy PCs.
Microsoft's upcoming Windows OS will come in the Windows 8 edition for x86 chips and Windows RT for ARM devices. ARM dominates the tablet market, but Windows RT provides a path for Microsoft to establish a foothold and to compete with Apple's iOS and Google's Android OS.
The few ARM-based Windows RT devices shown at Computex took some attention away from Intel-based Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks, which dominated the show. Asus announced Tablet 600, a Windows RT tablet running on Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip, and Acer said it would ship Windows RT devices in the first quarter next year. Qualcomm gave users a hands-on with prototype Windows RT devices.