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Microsoft working on a new chip architecture


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#1 rp88

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 06:56 PM

Found some interesting news:

 

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/18/microsoft_e2_edge_windows_10/

 

It seems MS has been working on a new design of CPU architecture, they call it E2 EDGE, not to be confused with win 10's browser. This seems to be an attempt at a competitor to intel/AMDs x86 architecture or to the architecture on ARM chips.

 

MS have apparently already run several operating systems on it in testing, Win 10, some sort of linux and a form of RTOS, that last among them making one wonder whether this is really designed for IoT devices rather than as an x86 competitor. They've also written some compilers for common languages to go on it.

 

To me atleast, two particular questions come to mind:

 

1.Is MS trying to develop a new chip architecture to get away from x86, then try to step away from legacy applications and divorce themselves from history by selling microsoft devices with a new chip architecture for which only programs under active development would be recompiled for the chip type? That said trying FreeRTOS on it might imply it's an architecture planned mainly for IoT stuff rather than laptops/desktops.

 

2.Is this where all MS's efforts have lately been going, designing a new chip architecture must take a tremendous amount of work? One wonders if this is why there have been so many buggy updates lately, and often it has seemed that many of MS's products didn't have a clear plan of what they were being developed towards, did work towards this architecture take up their efforts?

 

Whatever the answers are it will be a while before we expect to see chips like this, current tests seem, from the article, to be all using FPGAs to simulate the new chip architecture.


Edited by rp88, 21 June 2018 - 06:59 PM.

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