Apple’s gamble to move away from Intel and use their own custom ARM-based chipsets to power their Mac computers has paid off. Not only are Apple’s M-series chipsets incredibly powerful, but they also offer considerably longer-lasting battery life. Now it looks like Windows users can look forward to something similar in the future.
A report from Reuters has revealed that NVIDIA and AMD are both expected to be working on developing new ARM-based chipsets for Windows. These types of chipsets aren’t new and we have seen Qualcomm develop similar technology in the past, but as Qualcomm’s exclusive deal with Microsoft is set to expire in 2024, NVIDIA and AMD could be stepping in with efforts of their own.
One of the reasons why Qualcomm’s chipsets haven’t made as big a splash compared to Apple’s M-series chipsets is because of performance. Apple has the luxury of controlling both its hardware and software, so optimizing for both is a lot easier compared to optimizing for PC, which is generally more varied in terms of hardware and also software, which is controlled by Microsoft.
AMD already makes their own x86 CPUs, so for them to branch out into ARM-based chipsets could be interesting.
With NVIDIA and AMD potentially stepping in, it could result in better innovation and also options, so maybe moving forwards, seeing more ARM-powered PCs could be a thing and maybe even set a standard for the future of PCs in the future.