Straight out of Apple and TSMC’s playbook, Intel will now make custom chips for Microsoft following a $15 billion silicon deal

Straight out of Apple and TSMC's playbook, Intel will now make custom chips for Microsoft following a $15 billion silicon deal 3

If you’ve been paying even a modicum of attention to the Mac over the last few years you’ll know full well the impact that TSMC has had on it. The Taiwanese chipmaker was already responsible for the silicon that powered iPhones, iPads, and more but Apple took the decision to ditch Intel from the Mac lineup and design its own chips instead. It needed someone to build those chips, and TSMC once again took center stage. Fast-forward a few years and Apple is now making the best Macs it’s ever produced, thanks in no small part to the M-series chips that sip energy but push out plenty of performance.

Being able to design custom chips to work with your own custom hardware is something that gives companies like Apple a huge advantage over those buying off-the-shelf parts. Microsoft knows that, which is why it’s now penned a deal to have another company build the chips that it designs for use in its own computers and other devices. The company it handed $15 billion to as part of the deal? None other than Intel, the outfit that lost Apple’s Mac business because it couldn’t stick to a roadmap or produce chips that didn’t try to set fire to anything.

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