Microsoft is Reportedly Designing Its Own ARM Chips

Posted on December 18, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft, Microsoft Surface, Windows 10 with 70 Comments

A new report claims that Microsoft is now designing ARM chipsets in-house that will land in Surface PCs and its cloud-based servers.

There’s not much to the report so far—it’s just two paragraphs of text—but it comes from a reliable source, Bloomberg News.

That’s OK, the details are easy enough to summarize: Microsoft is designing ARM-based chipsets in-house, as opposed to the work it’s done in the past in partnership with Qualcomm. There are at least two families of chipsets, one of which will end up in some Surface PCs and one for the cloud-based servers in its datacenters.

Microsoft previously partnered with Qualcomm on two generations of Snapdragon-based chipsets that the software giant branded as SQ1 and SQ2. And it has partnered with AMD on a customized x86-based Ryzen 3 processor for the Surface Laptop 3.

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