Microsoft is partnering with chipmaker AMD to develop a proprietary ARM processor for Windows laptops, according to reports. A tip from leaker FrontTron points to the collaboration as part of a report by Clien. It seems Microsoft and AMD will drive a new generation of Windows on ARM laptops running the silicon.
Windows on ARM has had mixed success… it has certainly not been a bold frontier of computing Microsoft was suggesting just a few years ago. Whether it is Microsoft own Surface Pro X or other laptops, the ARM revolution has been halted by patchy performance, app issues, and issues with chip selection.
It is unlikely we are going to get performance as good as top tier laptops, but it will get better. In fact, the leak suggests the performance will be a big improvement on previous Qualcomm chips used on Windows on ARM devices. However, it will not be as powerful as a laptop running a chip such as a GTX 1050.
FrontTron speculates the wider configuration of the Microsoft and AMD chip will include the Cortex-X1 core, 8 compute units, 5G connectivity courtesy of a Samsung Exynos modem, and a mRDNA 2 GPU.
AMD IS COLLABORATING WITH MICROSOFT TO EQUIP POWERFUL ARM LAPTOP PROCESSOR IN SURFACE.
TARGET PERF: LOWER THAN GTX1050 CLASS BUT MUCH BETTER THAN QUALCOMM CHIP THAT USES THE OLD ARCH. AND IN THE OVERALL LIGHTWEIGHT ARM LAPTOPS.
GPU: 4WGP, 8CU
— TRON ❂ (@FRONTTRON) OCTOBER 1, 2021
While Microsoft and AMD are working on the chip, likely to be used in Surface devices, it will not be exclusive. That means other Windows on ARM OMDs will be able to access the silicon and use it in their devices.
Microsoft wants to steer Windows on ARM towards being a viable platform. So far, devices have failed to match the promise of laptop computing combined with the perks of mobile. Even the company’s own Surface Pro X failed to impress.
In fact, last year it emerged Apple’s new M1 chip was running Windows on ARM faster than the Pro X. By teaming with AMD, Microsoft likely wants hands on in the development of bespoke ARM chip for Windows devices.
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