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Microsoft develops internal ARM chips for Surface devices


Apple may not be the only company planning to dispense with Intel processors. A new report from Bloomberg shows that Microsoft is working on the launch of designs for internal ARM processors to support cloud servers with devices in the Surface line.

If this is true, the development will be a major blow to Intel. The company has always dominated the server processor market. However, Intel processors' manufacturing technology is still struggling to advance to the 10-nanometer and 7-nanometer node, which has helped its AMD competitor compete for server space.

The Bloomberg report did not specifically mention why Microsoft was developing internal ARM processors. However, she noted that arm-based CPUs may work with less energy. At the same time, Microsoft is looking to outperform its cloud computing competitors, including Amazon.

Microsoft does not deny the Bloomberg report. Frank Shaw, Vice President of Communications, said: "We continue to invest in our potential in areas such as design, manufacturing, and tools while strengthening and strengthening the partnership with a wide range of chip providers because silicon is a key pillar of technology."

One company has already begun to dispense with Intel Silicon, Apple. In November, the company introduced the first Mac products, based on one of Apple's internal ARM chips, known as the M1. Since then, the new Macs have been receiving great reviews of powerful CPU capabilities and long battery life.

Microsoft may try to follow in Apple's footsteps. But the company already uses ARM-based chips in Windows consumer products. Last year, Microsoft launched Surface Pro X, which uses a dedicated ARM processor known as SQ1, developed by the company in partnership with Qualcomm.

The SQ1 chip delivers great CPU performance, based on our review, as well as long battery life. The suffering lies in software support: SQ1 only runs windows x86 applications, being an ARM-based chip, designed primarily for Intel systems using emulator, resulting in slow download times.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft's efforts are likely to "lead to more than one surface chip."