Windows-on-ARM development testbed for Snapdragon PCs

November 25, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Windows-on-ARM development testbed for Snapdragon PCs
Semiconductor company Qualcomm Technologies has announced the commercial availability of the Snapdragon Developer Kit mini desktop PC for testing applications for Windows on Snapdragon PCs.

The Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows is offered as an ultra-small and cost-effective device built for independent software and application vendors to test and validate their solutions. With this resource, says the company, it and Microsoft lower the barrier to entry for independent software vendors (ISVs) committed to optimizing their application experience on the growing portfolio of Always On, Always Connected PCs (ACPCs).

The unit is designed to help advance the Windows on Snapdragon ecosystem and, in turn, enable superior experiences for end users as applications leverage the full capabilities of Snapdragon compute platforms. This developer kit, says the company, will aid backend developers in porting applications by enabling increased optimizations in power and performance through native ARM64 Windows 10 and Windows 11 applications built to utilize the specialized architecture of Snapdragon compute platforms.

Application developers that use this ultra-small form factor mini-PC can increase optimization or create new PC experiences for their users.

“With this Snapdragon Developer Kit, Qualcomm Technologies extends support for independent software vendors,” says Rami Husseini, director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With a shared commitment to supporting developers, Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft are expanding our catalog of developer resources to better enable developers to optimize their application experiences across the portfolio of Snapdragon powered Always-On, Always-Connected PCs. This small, affordable unit will help advance the Windows on Snapdragon ecosystem, facilitating new and superior experiences with Snapdragon compute platforms.”

Key features include:

  • This cost-effective kit will enable developers to test and optimize their solutions for Windows devices powered by Snapdragon compute platforms – from entry-tier, to premium.
  • The Snapdragon Developer Kit will ship using Windows 10 and meets all Windows 11 upgrade requirements.
  • Developers who purchase the Snapdragon Developer Kit are not expected to return the unit.
  • This Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows is built on a Snapdragon 7c Compute Platform, Qualcomm Technologies’ entry-level platform for always-on, always-connected Windows PCs.

The Snapdragon Developer Kit is now

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