Cambridge based chip maker ARM celebrated earlier this month with a deal that saw the company’s share price rise by 2.2% as Microsoft announced that its new Windows operating system will run on chips designed by ARM.
Although usually found in mobile phones, the move from Microsoft is a significant move away from Intel based components.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer made the announcement during his keynote speech that opened the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
ARM chief executive Warren East said the announcement marked a "significant milestone" for the company.
Windows combined with ARM technology would "enable innovative platforms to realise the future of computing, ultimately creating new market opportunities and delivering compelling products to consumers", he said.
Microsoft's mobile version of Windows already runs on Arm-designed chips.
About 80% of all mobiles, including Apple's iPhone 4, are built around chips made from ARM designs.
ARM, which was founded in 1990 and employs 1,700 people, has its headquarters in Cambridge in the UK, but also has operations in France, India, Sweden and the US.