A recent job opening for System-on-a-chip (SOC) architect at Microsoft’s Surface points to a custom made processor for its devices. Just like Apple’s M1 chips, Microsoft might be interested in making its own processors.
The Job listing has a description of “the features and capabilities of SoC used on Surface devices.” This might just mean the Redmond based company is looking to design its own chips.
Apple might be releasing its newer M1X chip today, its first chip M1 is custom made with so many benefits than Intel’s. Interestingly, Apple can now make its Macbooks and iMacs run cooler and quieter due to its chip design.
The Windows 11 owners can certainly borrow the same ideology from Apple in designing their own chips. That way, it can ditch the Intel and AMD chips in its devices and run more efficiently.
Microsoft says it recently fought off the largest DDoS in history, the attack was measuring a high of 2.4Tbps in August 2021. DDoS known as Distributed Denial-of-Service is a coordinated attack to force websites or servers offline. This happens when there’s extreme stressing of the target system with so much traffic than it can handle.
The attack went on for 10 minutes and it was at an unnamed Azure customer in Europe. This beats the previous known largest DDoS attack by 140%. The previous record was at a peak of 2.3 Tbps targeted at Amazon Web Services.
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A senior program manager at Azure said “The attack traffic originated from approximately 70,000 sources and from multiple countries in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, and China, as well as from the United States,”
Microsoft recently advised its Windows 11 users to activate its Tamper protection security feature. This will prevent hackers from locking them out of their systems and eliminate ransomware.
Although a job listing doesn’t confirm that Microsoft is building its own Chips, it would be good for innovation if it actually does. We only speculate that an SoC silicon architect job listing is just the right step in that direction.
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