Microsoft is designing its own chips to ditch Intel in Surface products

Microsoft ARM processors

Microsoft could be launching a new Surface product which will
run on its own custom ARM-based processors, according to
industry sources. If true, this will be the first time
Microsoft’s own chips would be powering a Surface product – as
previously Microsoft has always stuck to Intel, Qualcomm and
recently AMD processors.

Microsoft has been slowly moving away from Intel to other
companies, such as Qualcomm and AMD, but most Surface products
are still powered by Intel CPUs. Microsoft is reportedly
designing its own ARM-based chips to stop using Intel CPUs in
both Azure cloud platform and consumer-centric products like
Surface.

Like Apple Sillion processors, Microsoft’s mysterious
processors will be based on ARM designs and they’ll run Windows
10 on ARM or Windows 10X on ARM.

It would certainly be a nasty blow for Intel if the reports
are correct and the tech giant sticks to the plan.

Currently, Intel’s microprocessors are at the heart of all of
Microsoft’s Surface products. In fact,
the upcoming Surface Pro 8, which was leaked by European
retailers yesterday, is also said to be using Intel’s 11th
generation CPUs with Xe GPUs.

Microsoft ARM for Surface

The move away from Intel would be difficult, but it’s
practically possible as Microsoft has already worked with
Qualcomm on ARM-based chips for Surface products. For example,
Surface Pro X runs on the ARM-based SQ2 chip, which has been
created by Microsoft and Qualcomm.

Windows on ARM devices have been around for at least four years
now, but they’ve vast software incompatibilities and
Microsoft’s own
Surface Pro X is slower than Apple M1 processors when running
Windows 10, as per the benchmarks.

Surface ARM benchmarks

At the moment, we don’t know when Microsoft would use its own
chips for the Surface products and Azure, but more details will
be revealed next year.

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