AMD Reportedly Working on ARM-Based Processor to Compete with Apple’s M1

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Apple has been attracting a lot of attention with its high-performance, low-power M1 SoC, but new rumors suggest that AMD is preparing to challenge the company with its own ARM-based processor.

The rumor comes from leaker Mauri QHD, whose source claims that AMD’s chip is already in the prototype stage. Apparently, red team is planning at least two versions: one with integrated RAM, and another without. The source also suggests that it could be unveiled sooner than expected.

While this news should be taken with a grain of salt, TechSpot pointed out in its coverage that AMD has definitely contemplated ARM processors before. The company actually announced one (the K12 Core, a custom 64-bit ARMv8 CPU) in 2016, but that project was abandoned.

“The project was to be led by then AMD lead CPU architect Jim Keller, but the SoC was shelved,” TechSpot noted. “In May of this year, however, leaker Komachi Ensaka created an AMD roadmap that included a ‘K12 FFX’ with a vague release date of between 2017 – 2022.”

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