Nvidia shows quad-core tablet prototype running Windows 8

Other quad-core tablets include Acer Iconia A510

LAS VEGAS -- Nvidia showed tablets using its Tegra 3 quad-core processors at CES , including a developer prototype that was running Windows 8.

A tablet prototype runs with an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. (Photo by Matt Hamblen/Computerworld)

Microsoft is not expected to ship the Windows 8 operating system before mid-year, but Nvidia was eager to provide a sneak peek of the OS's Metro user interface running on a tablet using Tegra 3, a 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM-based processor. Another prototype showed a high-definition video running over HDMI to a larger monitor.

Windows 8 running on an ARM processor in a tablet was first announced at CES a year ago, a booth agent noted. No information on tablets shipping with Windows 8 has been announced.

In the three tablet prototypes, one 10-in. tablet showed the Metro user interface comprised of tiles with real-time information, with one tile displaying the latest stock quotes being updated. That's a similar concept used on Windows Phone 7.5, also called Mango.

No other specs were offered.

Also on display was an Acer Iconica A510 tablet running a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. The tablet has a 10.1-in. touchscreen and was shown running Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. No price or availability has been announced.

The Acer Iconia a510 tablet has an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. (Photo by Nvidia)

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