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Qualcomm's exclusivity deal for Windows on ARM reportedly ending soon

By Cookie Monster - on 24 Nov 2021, 12:00am

Qualcomm's exclusivity deal for Windows on ARM reportedly ending soon

Future Windows on ARM devices could be powered by non-Qualcomm chipsets. 

Sources revealed to XDA Developers that Qualcomm has an exclusivity deal with Microsoft for Windows on ARM and the deal is believed to be expiring soon. The purported exclusivity deal does not come as a surprise since Qualcomm already has a strong relationship with Microsoft. This is evident in the Windows Phone space where Snapdragon chipsets are the only ones powering these devices.

Once the exclusivity deal ends, it will open the door for other brands such as MediaTek and Samsung to support Windows on ARM. Samsung is likely to be a strong contender due to its partnership with AMD. With MediaTek dominating the mobile chip market, it is not far fetched to think that the company could set its sight on the PC market in the near future.

Besides other brands, Microsoft is also believed to be developing its own ARM chips for Surface devices and servers. It has been poaching processer engineers from Intel, AMD, Nvidia and Qualcomm in the past few years.

Source: XDA Developers

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