ARM has been cooperating with Microsoft to develop processor architectures according to reports. - ARM president Philip Lu revealed that the company is working closely with Microsoft but refused to detail specifics at a press conference on Tuesday. Digitimes notes that ARM has licensed its latest Cortex A15 patents to several chip manufacturers including Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments, with products expected to be launched in late 2011 or early 2012, Lu said.
The news of a close cooperation between ARM and Microsoft comes as no surprise. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices. Taiwanese manufacturers are also reportedly interested in creating Windows 8 ARM based devices.