At the Build 2022 conference, Microsoft presented this project, intended to arouse the enthusiasm of developers for the ARM architecture.
This machine is available now for $599, only to developers with a registered Microsoft account. She is sold as Windows Dev Kit 2023 “.
For this price, the beast includes a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC, 32 GB of memory and a 512 GB SSD. Connectivity level, there are two USB-C ports, three USB-A ports, as well as a Mini DisplayPort allowing to connect up to three 4K screens at 60 Hz. The machine measures 196 x 152 x 27.6 mm and weighs 960 g.
This Dev Kit also integrates an NPU (neural processing unit), which Microsoft claims is up to 90 times faster than traditional processors and up to 20 times faster than GPUs (which?) in use of some models.
ARM architecture and artificial intelligence are probably the two important points to remember about this machine. They could prefigure the two future major areas of development for Microsoft which, by the availability of this Dev Kit 2023, also shows that it is seriously considering this architecture, on which the company has been groping for years.