Microsoft Plans To Tie IC-Makers To One-Tablet-Per-IC-Design
In probably the most outrageous initiative since Wintel to control the semiconductor industry, Microsoft is said to be planning to give incentives to chip makers who make ICs for tablets using Windows 8, to confine their ICs to a single tablet design.
The argument for doing this is said to be that it will limit tablet variations and speed market entry for Windows-based tablets.
In addition to being able to design an IC for one tablet design, a chip-maker will also be allowed to make the IC for one notebook design.
The ‘incentives’ are said to include techniques for making the tablet run faster and lower prices for Windows 8 licences.
Acer’s CEO told Bloomberg that chip-makers and PC companies found it “all very troublesome” and accused Microsoft of trying to be too controlling.
Chip-makers can ignore the Microsoft programme but risk having their chips rendered less effective than Microsoft-blessed designs.
The incentives programme only applies to mobile computers, not desktops.
It seems an outrageous proposal and it will be interesting to see just how many chip-makers are sufficiently confident to give Microsoft the finger.