Microsoft could launch Surface tablets with a custom-designed chip

Microsoft could be set to take a leaf out of Apple’s book with the launch of its own custom-designed chip for its notebook devices, according to a source at Bloomberg

The technology giant is reportedly keen to move away from Intel, and introduce its own processor designs that could be used in its Surface computers.

The company is reportedly inspired by the initial reaction to Apple’s M1 chips, which offered significant performance enhancements over Intel-based Macs and caused shockwaves in the tech community, too.

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is now working on its own processor design that it could use in Surface computers and servers. It will be ARM-based and help the company better compete in the cloud computing and server market. It follows more than a year of new hires at the company, with Microsoft keen to bolster its processor engineer team, hiring key talent from the likes of Intel, Nvidia, and AMD.

Speaking of the potential of a custom Microsoft chip, company spokesperson Frank Shaw told Bloomberg: “Because silicon is a foundational building block for technology, we’re continuing to invest in our own capabilities in areas like design, manufacturing, and tools, while also fostering and strengthening partnerships with a wide range of chip providers.”

Should Microsoft venture into custom chips for its computers, it would mark a return to form for the company, having previously used ARM chips on its Windows Mobile programme.

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