Microsoft Has An ARM-based Processor For Servers And Desktop PCs?

After the custom Microsoft SQ1 and SQ2 CPUs that power the ultra-thin Surface Pro X laptop, the company is looking towards the desktop and server market. It seems Microsoft is making custom and powerful processors for Servers and Desktop PCs which will be based on ARM Architecture.

Microsoft is reportedly developing Desktop and Server-grade CPUs that will have ARM Cores. The company has initiated the race not only against Intel but also against AMD. Collectively, these two companies control the entire CPU market. However, Intel’s Xeon-grade CPUs currently dominate the Server market.

Microsoft Designing Its Own ARM-Based CPUs for Servers and Surface PCs:

Apple recently demonstrated the power and efficiency of its Apple M1 chip. The ARM-based CPU powers the latest line of Apple MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers. These are full-fledged computers that run macOS. These Apple computers have been getting good reviews and the Apple M1 chipset, in particular, is being praised by reviewers.

Microsoft had pioneered the use of ARM-based CPUs. Even before the Apple M1, Microsoft had the SQ1 and even the SQ2 CPUs for its Surface Pro X laptops. However, Microsoft’s offerings weren’t that powerful.

Apple is rumored to be deep in the development of the Apple M1X, the rumored successor to the M1. But this time, Microsoft appears determined to stay relevant in the race of making capable processors for Windows 10 laptops, desktops, and even Servers with ARM cores.

According to a Bloomberg report, Microsoft’s efforts are more likely to result in a server chip due to the fact that the chip design team is being led by the head of the Azure cloud business, Jason Zander. Speaking about the endeavor, Microsoft spokesman Frank Shaw, said,

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.”

Microsoft Actively Hiring Engineers and Technicians In The Field Of CPU Engineering:

Microsoft has accelerated its hiring process in the field of CPU Architecture and design. The company has been actively recruiting former employees of Intel, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., and NVIDIA Corp. Moreover, some employees are also from Qualcomm, quite possibly because the company abandoned its efforts to make CPUs for servers.

The ARM architecture has been working reliably on Apple computers. However, the secret to its efficiency is the Rosetta technology that Apple has been painstakingly developing. Microsoft’s efforts in the form of the SQ1 and SQ2 seem lackluster in comparison to the Apple M1. Interestingly, the M1 is Apple’s first generation of CPUs with ARM Architecture, while the SQ2 is the second generation CPU from Microsoft.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.