American multinational technology company Microsoft could launch its own custom ARM-based processors. It might power a new Surface product, which will run, according to sources. This would be groundbreaking for Microsoft since it has been powering its Surface lineup with Intel, Qualcomm, and quite recently AMD processors.
Even if the Redmond-headquartered firm had chosen AMD and Qualcomm over Intel, some Surface products are still equipped with Intel CPUs. To move away from Intel, Microsoft is allegedly planning its own ARM-based chips in consumer-centric products like Surface and Azure cloud platform.
Aking to Apple Sillion processors, Microsoft’s obscure processors will be based on ARM designs, which will run Windows 10 on ARM or Windows 10X on ARM. If these reports are accurate, then it could be a critical blow for Intel.
The upcoming Surface Pro 8 is rumored to be equipped with Intel’s 11th generation CPUs with Xe GPUs. This proves that getting rid of Intel could be all-the-more difficult, but seeing that Microsoft has used Qualcomm on ARM-based chips for its Surface products could be possible.
Microsoft’s communications chief Frank Shaw corroborated the rumors, saying, “Because silicon is a foundational building block for technology, we’re continuing to invest in our own capabilities in areas like design, manufacturing, and tools, while also fostering and strengthening partnerships with a wide range of chip providers.”