It is reported that Microsoft has designed an internal ARM-based chip for powering servers and Surface PCs. The move will be another blow to Intel, and its dominance will not change to this point.
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft’s efforts, along with the Surface device chips, could lead to server-specific chips that enable cloud services. However, the Redmond-based company may first focus on developing the chip, and then explore the possibility of creating something for future Surface products.
A spokesman for Microsoft said: “As silicon technology is a key building block, we will continue to invest in our capabilities in areas such as design, manufacturing and tools, while also strengthening and strengthening partnerships with many chip suppliers.” Statement to Bloomberg.
Intel has a monopoly on the chip market, and most Internet operators are active. This is the company’s largest source of revenue. Intel’s market dominance is estimated at about 90%.
If Microsoft implements a chip design for the Surface PC, it will follow in Apple’s footsteps. Cupertino recently released the M1-powered MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, so the processor got a fair price. The initial response was generally positive, with many users praising the power and efficiency of the chip, and Apple has already said it will move all its product lines to ARM-based chips.
Microsoft has previously partnered with AMD and Qualcomm for custom chips included in the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X. The company built an ARM-based SQ1 processor for the Surface Pro X in 2019, with an upgraded version of the SQ2 in October. This year. However, the SQ1 and SQ2 processors slightly exceeded Qualcomm’s mark on the Snapdragon 8cx Gene 1 and Gene 2 computing platforms. There have been signs that Microsoft wants to ease its reliance on Intel, and today’s report shows that the company is ready to explore further opportunities.