In a surprising development, Microsoft has reportedly partnered with AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) to develop an Arm processor for laptops. The move is a major shift from the company’s traditional reliance on Intel processors and will open up a new market for AMD.
Microsoft’s decision to make the switch was likely influenced by their recent release of Windows 10 S, which only runs software from the Microsoft Store. However, if this partnership proves fruitful, it could also signal that this might be the first step in moving away from x86-based architecture altogether as more clients demand thinner and lighter devices without sacrificing power or performance.
AMD has been struggling financially over the last few years as they have failed to compete against Intel in terms of features and performance per watt delivered. Their latest release of Ryzen processors, which are based on their Zen architecture, has seen an increase in market share as they were able to offer a comparable product at a cheaper price. In order to remain competitive for this new market, AMD will need to use the same approach with their processor as well as come up with several methods to reduce power consumption and heat generation.
In its early stages, there is no information about how much these laptops will cost or if they will have a touchscreen display. Nevertheless, this partnership between Microsoft and AMD could change the landscape of computing for years to come.”
The partnership between AMD and Microsoft, if successful in the laptop market, could signal a change for computer architecture. This is likely driven by Microsoft’s release of Windows 10 S which only runs software from the Microsoft Store. If this proves fruitful then it may be just one step closer to moving away entirely from x86-based architectures as more clients demand thinner and lighter devices without sacrificing power or performance. The future looks promising with this new collaboration!
M Hamza Malik is a writer, blogger, and engineer who loves to create, write, and share his insights about computers, products, and technology. Hamza has spent the last years reading books, tech, and computers, which brings him to writing, giving his character a spark! Therefore, PCFIED is where he started his journey professionally.