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What's all the rage with ARM?

ARM processors are much smaller and power most of those smart phones and tablets you see popping-up all over the place. Until now, Microsoft's Windows has relied on x86 architecture, preventing tablets and smart phones from running the more resource-hungry operating systems and keeping Microsoft's presence in the spaceto a minimum.

With the rumored "Windows 8" that is all expected to change. According to experts, Microsoft's next OS is expected to run on ARM processors along with the traditional Intel and AMD processors, opening a whole new window of opportunity (pun intended) for the tech giant.

Currently Microsoft does offer ARM support to the embedded market with their Windows Embedded Compact (or CE) operating system. Windows CE is available through Avnet at

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