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New defection at Apple: a second specialist in ARM chips leaves, this time at Microsoft

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Microsoft needs brainpower to design future Azure server chips, which are strategic for the publisher’s cloud computing business. And what better than to draw from the best, in other words from Apple? Mike Filippo was poached from Cupertino by Redmond, as confirmed by Microsoft to Bloomberg.

Mike Filippo, 2018. Image: S. Shankland/CNET

Mike Filippo joined Apple in the spring of 2019. This great specialist in ARM architectures had previously worked at Intel (5 years), at AMD (8 years) as well as at Arm directly. A valuable asset for Apple, whose chips make extensive use of this type of architecture.

Since at least 2020, Microsoft has been in the process of designing “homemade” silicon to boost its servers, and like Amazon for its AWS data centers, the Windows publisher is betting on ARM. Even if it means leaving Intel and AMD on the side of the road, they who currently provide the bulk of the chips for Azure servers.

Microsoft: the vague

Microsoft: the wave at ARM

This defection is the second of weight for Apple in a few days: at the beginning of January, we learned that Jeff Wilcox, a major specialist in M1 chips, had left for Intel.

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