Despite a turbulent past, Windows PCs with ARM are making a grand return later this year, but only with Qualcomm chips.
Another big ARM chipmaker, MediaTek, is sitting out the opportunity to put its ARM-based chips in Windows PCs because the company sees it as a limited opportunity.
MediaTek’s chips are already used in Chromebooks, but ARM has had a turbulent history with Windows. That’s another reason for the company to stay out.
ARM getting into PCs is like Intel trying to get into smartphones — it’s a risky proposition, said Finbarr Moynihan, general manager of sales at MediaTek.
PCs are dominated by x86 chips from companies like Intel and AMD. But Intel failed in its attempt to unseat a dominant ARM in smartphones, and ultimately quit making chips for handsets.
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