Today during a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan ahead of the Computex tradeshow, spokesman Luis Pineda who is also Senior Vice-President for the mobile phone platform developer, has confirmed preliminary plans to integrate Windows Mobile 7 into its newest platform under development with 20 manufacturers including HTC, Samsung, and Mio Technologies which is codenamed Snapdragon.
The company demonstrated an example of a subnotebook manufactured by Taiwanese ODM Inventec that would cost $299 and run the future operating system on the platform which features a 1Ghz core with hardware GPU acceleration for graphics and a currently unspecified 3G radio for data access instead of solely relying on Wi-Fi access.
Windows Mobile 7 is intended to completely redefine the distinction between a standard destop operating system and portable version of the venerable operating system from Microsoft slated to launch sometime next year.
The intention behind this for Qualcomm is to enter the rapidly growing market for devices similar to the ASUS EEE which has seen explosive popularity since its release, as well as leverage its expertise in low power high-performance chip development with many of its current chips powering smart devices from various manufacturers.
The company is also intent on proving itself against similar competing platforms from established manufacturers such as Intel with their upcoming Atom and VIA with their Isaiah low power platforms.
The Senior Vice President also stated that Snapdragon will be a big presence for the company at the next CES convention which will take place next January.