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MediaTek to Launch ARM CPUs for Windows on ARM PCs

MediaTek's foray into the ARM processor market for Windows PCs aims to challenge AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm.

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MediaTek plans to introduce ARM-based processors for Windows PCs by late 2025., reports Reuters. The move coincides with the nearing end of 's exclusive agreement to provide ARM processors for Windows devices.

MediaTek's new initiative aligns with 's broader strategy for Windows on ARM, a project under development for nearly a decade. Increasing manufacturer and developer support for ARM-based Windows devices signals growing industry interest.

Expansion of the ARM-Based Windows PC Market

Currently dominated by Qualcomm, the ARM-based Windows is also seeing Apple‘s Macs via virtualization software. MediaTek's entry aims to diversify the market, offering consumers additional options. Initial chips will build on existing ARM designs, facilitating a quicker development timeline. It remains unclear if these processors will be part of Microsoft's Copilot+ PC program, but MediaTek aims to establish a strong foothold.

With its entry into the ARM processor market for Windows PCs, MediaTek challenges a space traditionally led by AMD and Intel. Qualcomm's Snapdragon X processors have already had a disruptive influence, and MediaTek's participation could heighten competition. There are also speculations that and AMD may develop ARM processors for Windows PCs.

MediaTek's familiarity with ARM architecture, honed in the smartphone and tablet sectors, positions it to provide competitive alternatives to Qualcomm's offerings in the space. The focus on ARM-based chips aligns with industry trends towards more efficient computing, known for better battery life and cooler operations compared to x86 processors.

Emerging Copilot+ PCs

The current selection of Copilot+ PCs is limited, but more devices and varying form factors are anticipated soon. New commercial devices might debut later this year. Additionally, Qualcomm is rumored to be working on server-grade ARM chips, which could broaden ARM technology's applications in computing.

Should MediaTek succeed in entering the market, the increased competition could spur innovation and offer consumers more choices and enhanced performance in ARM-based Windows devices.

SourceReuters
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.