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Microsoft Developing Own ARM-Based Server Chips



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According to Bloomberg News, Microsoft will launch a new Surface product that will run on a self-developed ARM-based processor. If true, this will be the first time that Microsoft's own chips provide core support for Surface products. Because, before this, Microsoft has been insisting on using Intel, Qualcomm and most recently AMD processors.

Microsoft has slowly switched from Intel to other companies, such as Qualcomm and AMD, but most Surface products are still supported by Intel CPUs. According to reports, Microsoft is self-developing ARM-based chips so that Intel CPUs are no longer used in consumer-centric products such as Azure cloud platform and Surface.

Like the AppleSilicon processor, Microsoft’s mysterious Silicon processor will also be based on ARM, and the device will use Windows10ARM or Windows10XARM.

"Because Silicon is the basic component of technology, we are continuing to invest in self-developed design, manufacturing, and tooling capabilities, while also promoting and strengthening cooperation with many chip suppliers," said Microsoft spokesperson Frank Shaw.

According to reports, Microsoft's self-developed ARM chip is led by Jason Zander, head of Azure cloud business, and the company has increased its recruitment of processor designers in recent years. According to reports, when Qualcomm abandoned its ARM-based server chipset plan, Microsoft was already disappointed.

These chips are mainly used in servers, but they may eventually appear in some Surface devices.

If the news is accurate and the technology giant insists on the plan, this will undoubtedly be a fatal blow to Intel.

At present, Intel's microprocessor is the core of all Microsoft Surface products. In fact, the upcoming SurfacePro8 leaked by European retailers recently is said to also use Intel’s 11th-generation CPU and XeGPU.

It will be difficult to break away from Intel, but it is actually possible because Microsoft has already cooperated with Qualcomm to develop ARM-based chips for Surface products. For example, SurfaceProX runs on the ARM-based SQ2 chip, which was jointly built by Microsoft and Qualcomm.

Windows10ARM has been around for at least four years, but they have huge software incompatibility. According to benchmark tests, Microsoft's own SurfaceProX is much slower than Apple's M1 processor when running Windows10ARM.

Microsoft's new ARM chips will replace Intel's powerful Xeon products, and power efficiency is the main replacement. Affected by this news, Intel's stock price fell 6.3%.

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