CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has signed a deal with Chinese computer maker Lenovo for a device running an ARM-based version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system (OS).
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 chip will power a Windows RT device developed by Lenovo that converts from a notebook into a tablet.
Citing "people familiar with the matter" the WSJ said the device will be reminiscent of Lenovo's previously announced Intel chip based Ideapad Yoga, which has a keyboard that flips around 360 degrees to turn the device into a tablet.
Lenovo said it "does not comment on rumour or speculation" when approached for comment.
Lenovo announced on Thursday that its first Windows 8 tablet will be available in the US in October. The successor to the original Thinkpad Tablet, which shipped around a year ago, the Thinkpad Tablet 2 has a 10.1in touchscreen and will be driven by Intel's Atom processor code-named Clover Trail.
According Lenovo's release, the firm decided to switch to an x86 chip for its new tablet because of its backward compatibility with existing Windows programs.
Meanwhile, Nvidia revealed earlier today that it has almost doubled its second quarter profits from the same quarter last year to $119m as Tegra sales grow.
The firm reported revenue of $1.04bn, a 13 per cent increase from the same period last year, while profits shot up to $119m, a 97 per cent increase from last year. µ