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Microsoft’s Windows on Arm Dev Kit Costs $599

Microsoft launches Windows Dev Kit 2023 announced in May. “Project Volterra” at Microsoft BuildThe developer box, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 computing platform, will cost $599 and will ship in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France and Germany.

The idea of ​​the Dev Kit is for developers to create Windows apps for Arm-based systems. This is an area where Windows is slowly growing in terms of software support. Vendors such as HP, Asus, and Lenovo have had varying degrees of success with Windows on Arm laptops, and Microsoft uses customized Qualcomm chips in their Surface devices (the latest Microsoft SQ3 is Microsoft Surface Pro 9 with 5G).

CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
graphic Qualcomm Adreno GPU (Integrated)
memory 32GB LPDDR4x
depository 512GB NVMe SSD
networking Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
port 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet
size 196×152×27.6mm
price $599

The desktop is small at just 8 x 6 x 1.1 inches, but it’s still great for developers who need to power multiple monitors (if you’re willing to use USB Type-C and Mini DisplayPort) and peripherals. I have enough ports. It has 3 USB Type-A ports, 2 USB-C ports and 1 Ethernet jack.

Microsoft also highlights Snapdragon’s neural processing unit (NPU) as a feature for developers to design AI and machine learning applications using models like PyTorch and SensorFlow. On some models, Microsoft claims that “NPUs are about 80-90 times faster than CPUs and about 20 times faster than GPUs.”

(Image credit: Microsoft)

Back in May, Microsoft announced its intention to release an Arm-native toolchain for apps built for the architecture. We have released previews of several of these, and most will be available by the end of the year. Additionally, Visual Studio 2022 17.4 has Arm native support in C++, C$, Windows SDK and App SDK components, as well as workloads for Web, UWP, Node.js and game development.

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