Uhoh, this is not a good sign! The Japanese manufacturer Toshiba has abandoned plans for the introduction of Windows RT tablets and laptops running on ARM-based technology (that is the ARM version of Windows 8). Toshiba officially stated that “delayed components that make a timely launch impossible” are the reason for this sudden departure from Windows RT plans. Up until now, the company had a tablet and an ARM-based laptop planned with a Texas Instruments TI OMAP 4470 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with a clock speed up to 1.8 GHz and PowerVR SGX544 graphics. These devices would have run Windows RT. Instead, Toshiba will initially rely exclusively on devices with x86 processors from Intel, which will ship with Windows 8.
The real reason behind the elimination of the Windows RT devices from Toshiba’s plans could have to do with a problem much more serious than not being able to supply the necessary components. Industry analysts are speculating that the real issue is the processors from Texas Instruments and Qualcomm. This seems to prevent the production of Windows RT devices based on the chips of both providers. Initially only models with the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core platform will be on the market. According to the analyst Patrick Moorhead, the desired performance has not been achieved so far, so the developers need more time to work on the CPU’s.