15 July 2019
Microsoft has been relying on Intel and ARM-based chips for its Surface brand for so long now. However, later on, it increased its dependency more on Intel as we see all Surface devices for the past couple of years using Intel’s chipsets mainly. But according to Brad Sams, a famous contributor for posting about Microsoft’s upcoming products, this trend is about to change and this change will happen this fall.
According to Sams’ sources, Microsoft is developing a custom SoC, code-named Excalibur. He further said that Excalibur is the 8cx SoC that Microsoft has been working closely with Qualcomm on. This outcome is built as per Microsoft’s recommended specifications so that it would work better with the Windows 10.
However, the company isn’t going to fully drop Intel. Microsoft will still bring out new products, like upgraded versions of Book, Pro, and other devices with Intel chips. The next Surface Pro will also use Intel chip, but Microsoft may opt to sell its new custom-built ARM version as well. The 8cx is said to rival Intel Core i5 processor.
However, the report cites a few insiders at Microsoft and says the company's relationship with Intel is a bit shaky. So, this new ARM-based chip makes sense.
The report further says Microsoft will host an event with Surface at the focus this fall, however, exact launch time is untold. But, Sams believes the new chip will be launched at this event.
Previously, it was reported by Zac Bowden, Senior editor at WindowsCentral that Excalibur is the codename of a new Surface product.
The report by Sams further conveys that Microsoft is looking to diversify chips in its Surface products.
On the laptop side, Microsoft is experimenting with using an AMD Picasso SoC which is of the 12nm flavor for a variant of their Surface Laptop.
So, Sams cites October launch for the Surface products and if the report is to believed Microsoft will launch new Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 at an event in October.