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TI Shows Off First Windows 8 Tablet Running On OMAP Processor

LAS VEGAS -- It looks like Intel is getting some serious competition in the Windows space. Today at CES, Texas Instruments showed off a prototype tablet running Windows 8 on its OMAP 4470. The ARM-based processor promises a low power, always-on experience on Windows that is similar to what you find on Android tablets that use very little power when asleep and wake up instantly at a button press.

Though we didn't get to see the device performing any serious tasks, TI says its 1.8-GHz CPU is up to whatever you throw at it. In addition to its two primary cores, the chip has two low-power cores that the system can use for playing audio and video. So if you're just watching video, the main cores can go into a low power state and save you lots of battery life.

TI couldn't give us a battery life estimate because the tablet they showed us was a prototype and final production tablets will be made by other manufacturers with their own batteries, screens and the final version of Windows 8. Because Windows 8 supports ARM-based processors, we could also see thin and light notebooks powered by TI OMAP.

The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.