New Microsoft leaks reveal ambitious surface plans

It is not surprising that Microsoft is looking to follow Apple in designing its ARM-based processor that supports Windows 10. The latest leaks focus on Windows Server, but it has a dash of consumer devices. Too.

Microsoft’s current ARM-based family, Surface Pro X, runs on silicon developed in partnership between Microsoft and Qualcomm with the first and second generation of Qualcomm’s 8cx processors at the heart of Microsoft’s Qualcomm and SQ2.

Moving to its own design of ARM chips may allow Microsoft to reap the benefits that Apple has found with its M1 processor. The latter has specific circuitry that works in tandem with macOS’s low level code, providing significant benefits of speed and efficiency.

Microsoft Windows runs on a very wide rung of technology, with different manufacturers and different chipsets. It should be more universal and provides wider compatibility. To gain that access, something needs to be overcome, and it is an incredibly connection between software and hardware that Apple can bend.

Microsoft certainly has benefits for designing its own silicon, but it will need to control computing hardware as well as software to find the maximum benefit. The latest news may not contain much detail, but a wider sweep suggests that this is the plan. Ian King and Dinah Bass for Bloomberg:

“The world’s largest software manufacturer is using Arm Limited Design to produce one that will be used in its data centers, according to people with plans. It’s also using another chip to search Doing what would power the surface line of some of its computers. “People asked not to discuss private initiatives.”

The effort appears to be one that is being driven by cloud computing, and that’s all right, with the natural benefits of increased processing power for less energy and heat than running with your own silicon in your server The farm will allow better performance.

But it is possible for a consumer device to have a strict integration with it, and personally excite me.

The above Surface Pro X has proven that Windows 10 on the ARM project is ready for mainstream use, and as soon as it is finished by 2020 the beta of 64-bit emulation is added to 32-bit emulation and running native ARM64 The ability to open. Huge list of Windows applications.

It is also worth noting that the two emulation options do not offer performance that matches running applications on an x86 based machine, and the hit on battery life is high. This is in contrast to the feeling of running x86 macOS apps on the new M1-powered MacBooks and MacMini. The reason is simple, the additional grunt in Apple’s machines compensates for the inefficiencies that any imitation layer has.

Microsoft will take the best time of the Surface Pro X to build a bespoke arm chip (and there’s a lot to like) and pair it with the tight integration of Windows 10 and the new chip will definitely close the gap that Windows now has And exists between macOS. .

The only question may be that when Microsoft grabs the first generation M1 hardware, how far will Apple’s new hardware go?

Now read more about the impact of the ARM race on desktop web browsers …


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