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Media: Microsoft is working on its own ARM chips for servers and laptops


Microsoft SQ1 is the first ARM-based chip that Microsoft has released in conjunction with Qualcomm for the Surface Pro X tablet computer. An improved version of it, Microsoft SQ2, has already been released.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft has been working on its own ARM architecture chips for servers and laptops for some time. The company intends to use these processors in its data center equipment, as well as for cloud services, including Microsoft Azure. The company is taking these steps to reduce dependence on Intel, as well as to keep up with similar developments from Amazon, which uses its own server chips on ARM for AWS.



Bloomberg explained that Microsoft's chip development division now reports to Jason Zander, head of Azure's cloud business, rather than Panos Panay, who oversees Surface products. The focus of new developments is on server chips, but Microsoft is also exploring the possibility of using the new ARM chips in some of its Surface personal computers.


As the reason for the development of its chips, Microsoft cites the opportunity to gain advantages in cost and performance over the off-the-shelf solutions that Intel and AMD are currently providing to the market.


The company's vice president of communications, Frank Shaw, told Bloomberg that Microsoft plans to ramp up investment in its own chip designs, including designing, manufacturing and manufacturing tools for customers. The company also forges and strengthens partnerships with many suppliers of microcircuits and technologies.


Bloomberg recalled that in recent years, Microsoft has lured into its staff several engineers from chipmakers such as Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm.



In addition to developing chips on ARM, Microsoft continues to develop Windows 10 on ARM. On December 10, 2020, Microsoft introduced support for x64 emulation in Windows 10 on ARM.

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