Tuesday, 23 November 2021 14:00

Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows PCs


Qualcomm Technologies announced the commercial availability of the Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows on Snapdragon PCs.

The Snapdragon Developer Kit first debuted during the Company’s Virtual Announcement this summer, it is an ultra-small and cost-effective device built for independent software and application vendors to test and validate their solutions.

With this resource, Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft lower the barrier to entry for ISVs committed to optimising their application experience on the growing portfolio of Always On, Always Connected PCs (ACPCs). This unit will 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, Qualcomm says.

Qualcomm says that he kit helps expedite development efforts as more Snapdragon compute powered PCs commercialise globally from leading manufacturers such as Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Samsung. This developer kit will aid backend developers in porting applications by enabling increased optimisations in power and performance through native ARM64 Windows 10 and Windows 11 applications built to utilise the specialised architecture of Snapdragon compute platforms. Application developers that use this ultra-small form factor mini-PC can increase optimisation or create new PC experiences for their users.

“With this Snapdragon Developer Kit, Qualcomm Technologies extends support for independent software vendors,” said Qualcomm Technologies director product management Rami Husseini.

“With a shared commitment to supporting developers, Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft are expanding our catalog of developer resources to better enable developers to optimise 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.”

“This Snapdragon Developer Kit is a testament to the strong collaboration between Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies,” said Microsoft Windows partner group program manager Hari Pulapaka.

“We recognise that application optimisation, paired with the innovation and efficiency of Snapdragon compute platforms, will enrich the lives of users who rely on Snapdragon compute powered PCs for learning, working, and entertainment. We’re proud to extend support for Windows developers in the availability of the Snapdragon Developer Kit.”

“It’s an exciting time to be at Zoom, where the pace of innovation continues to accelerate,” said Zoom head of hardware partnership Eric Yu. “The Snapdragon Developer Kit easily integrates into Zoom’s test environment and optimises performance for Windows on Snapdragon. With more organisations embracing a hybrid working model, the Snapdragon for Zoom integration is another way we’re helping customers meet the demands of today’s evolving virtual and hybrid landscape.”

The Snapdragon Developer Kit is now available in the United States for $219.00 USD through The Microsoft Store here.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 19 November 2021.

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