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Microsoft and AMD are building a powerful ARM CPU for Laptops

Rumors say that Microsoft and AMD are working together to create a new ARM CPU for notebooks. It will significantly outperform existing Qualcomm solutions. As a result, we can see some really powerful devices running Windows on ARM, including the updated Surface Pro X and Samsung Galaxy Book Go.

According to the well-known insider FrontTron, based on data from the Clien portal, the performance of laptops based on the new chip will be slightly lower than that of variants with GTX 1050 graphics. However, they will significantly outperform solutions with Qualcomm chips built on the old architecture.

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The exact configuration of the chip is not yet known, but it is speculated that it will use Cortex-X1 cores and an mRDNA 2 (4 WGP, 8 CU) GPU similar to that used in the Exynos 2200. The chip will also support 5G networks thanks to an Exynos modem.

Some assumes that Samsung could be also involved in this project. While Samsung could design the chip, it will be manufactured using TSMC's 5nm process technology for better performance.

According to rumors, the processor, created through the partnership between Microsoft and AMD, will not be exclusive to Surface devices. This means other hardware vendors (i.e. Samsung) will be able to use it to produce their own powerful ARM-based laptops.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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