According to sources of Bloomberg, Microsoft is working on an in-house processor design, one that could be used in its Surface lineup, but may also end up in servers. No information is revealed regarding the new chip, especially if it would also use an ARM-based Silicon chip. The individuals requested to not be recognized discussing personal initiatives.
Microsoft had pioneered the use of ARM-based CPUs.
Amazon.com Inc. are already nicely down the street with comparable efforts.
Microsoft also seems about to embarrass Intel and AMD.
The move is a major commitment by Microsoft to supplying itself with the most important piece of the hardware it uses.
While the report confirms that the main focus of any new chipsets will be on servers running the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, one of the site's sources added that it "could" lead to a first-party ARM chip for Surface products.
"With silicon being a fundamental part of the technology, we continue to invest in our own capabilities in areas such as design, manufacturing and tools, while encouraging and strengthening partnerships with a wide range of chip suppliers".
Currently, Intel's microprocessors are on the coronary heart of all of Microsoft's Surface merchandise.
Microsoft is also looking at creating a new ARM-based chip for Surface PCs as well.
In regards to the bigger picture, Microsoft's more immediate move to replace Intel on the server-side will most likely not be taken with the same sort of outward ambivalence Intel has shown for Qualcomm's recent involvements. Last year it introduced the Surface Pro X with the Qualcomm Arm chip, and this is the year it came up with the updated version of the device. Arm-based chips are largely more energy sufficient. While neither Apple nor Microsoft devices own large chunks of the PC market, their offerings are positioned as premium products with slicker designs and more advanced capabilities.
The ARM architecture has been working reliably on Apple computers. Other Surface models use Intel chips.
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