MS working on custom SoC for Surface Products

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Microsoft signals that they’re working on a custom ARM chip to compete with Apple’s Powerhouse M1+ – Patently Apple

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4 responses to “MS working on custom SoC for Surface Products”

  1. Paul Thurrott

    One has to wonder how new this really is, given that Microsoft has created two generations of ARM chipsets for Surface Pro X in partnership with Qualcomm.

  2. hrlngrv

    Interesting, but how much Windows software will be rebuilt for WOA? Intel/AMD emulation is not desirable. Darned little older, no longer supported shareware and freeware will be rebuilt for WOA. Which leaves MS Office, Adobe Photoshop and many browsers, but what else?

  3. bluvg

    I can see custom silicon for Azure and Xbox. Surface main CPU? No. Not unless they're partnering on hardware that other OEMs can use as well. If so, this would be a significant shift to be a general-purpose CPU designer and long-term commitment to that shift, which seems very unlikely.

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