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Microsoft also moving onto a custom ARM SoC?

Microsoft also moving onto a custom ARM SoC?

Microsoft also seems about to embarrass Intel and AMD.

The company would develop it’s own ARM system internally for its servers and possibly its Surface devices. One recalls that the company collaborated with Qualcomm to create the custom Snapdragon SQ1 for its Surface Pro X and later updated it with the SQ2. However, according to rumors, like Apple, Microsoft would have a complete cell that would develop Arm chips entirely without any partners.

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While some claim that this approach would be to continue to strengthen the “Surface” offer, particularly in relation to Apple, it seems more likely that this approach is linked to Azure data centers. As for Amazon, which has decided to free itself from Intel by starting a transition to its customized Arm chips in 2018 with “Graviton” processors could give Microsoft other perspectives. Because even if the ARM solutions developed by Microsoft will probably not be as powerful as Intel’s Xeon or AMD Epyc, it allows Microsoft to control its own ecosystem and assert its independence. However, there is no official confirmation of these rumors, but recently, Microsoft spokesman Franck Saw said : “As silicon is a fundamental component of the technology, we continue to invest in our own capabilities in areas such as design, manufacturing and tools, while encouraging and strengthening partnerships with a wide range of chip suppliers”. A statement capable of satisfying or worrying everyone. However, it seems obvious that the industry as a whole is increasingly looking for customized solutions for these chips to take advantage of specific benefits on specialized tasks and provide better net performance by optimizing software and hardware.

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