Intel intervened so Microsoft would not use ARM chips in the Surface Go

Microsoft launched its new Surface Go earlier this month with an Intel Pentium Gold processor inside. It has been one of the main points of attention for the discussions on performance and mobility of the team, and many have wondered why Microsoft did not opt ​​for Qualcomm Snapdragon processors or other options with ARM design. Paul Thurrott, a journalist specialized in the world of Microsoft, said that the company wanted to use an ARM processor for its Surface Go, but that Intel intervened to prevent it from doing so.
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According to reports, Intel "asked Microsoft to a large extent" to use its Pentium Gold processors instead of the ARMs. It's not clear why Microsoft did not go ahead with its plans, but everything would indicate that those chips simply do not yet have the performance and compatibility to rival Intel on laptops. The Redmond firm, however, has been working hard to improve this, despite threats from Intel, which said it would sue competitors like Qualcomm if they try to emulate the architecture of the x86 instruction set.

The nerves of Intel are partly justified, since the union between Windows and ARM seems inevitable. The new Snapdragon 850 processor devices from Qualcomm will debut in time for the Christmas season, but a new chip with even more performance improvements will be available early next year. ARM also presented a two-year roadmap for its recent processor designs, and unveiled a Cortex-A76 CPU earlier this year, which will offer portable class performance but consume less power, as smartphones do.

On the other hand, Microsoft is also driving ARM server designs, which threatens Intel's dominance in data centers. The Silicon Valley firm has been struggling to move toward its next generation of 10nm Cannon Lake processors, with the mass production of chips now scheduled for 2019 instead of the end of 2018 as originally planned.

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