Microsoft is working on its own ARM-based processor for Surface devices
After Apple launched its own ARM-based M1 chipset, Microsoft is also trying to replicate the same. The Redmond-based technology company is reportedly working on its own ARM-based chipset that will power its Surface laptops.
While nothing much is known about this at this time, it is being reported by Bloomberg that the company is also planning to use the same chipset for its data centers. If this turns out to be true, then Intel has a lot to worry about.
Microsoft has launched ARM-based Surface Pro X but the chipset wasn’t developed by the company itself. The laptop is powered by a custom SQ1 processor that was developed in partnership with Qualcomm using the existing design of Qualcomm.
It’s been a couple of years since Microsoft has been trying to make ARM-based Windows 10-powered laptops but the company hasn’t be able to make major progress. But given that Apple is surging ahead in this department, it seems Microsoft has also decided to tackle this.
For those who are unaware, Apple recently launched the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and the Mac Mini — all of them powered by the ARM-based Apple M1 chipset. The company is now expected to launch a few more models next year, powered by another chipset, which could be called M1X or M2.