G143 writes "Microsoft signed an agreement with the U.K.-based ARM, giving Microsoft access to some of the chip designer's intellectual property. The two companies have worked together since 1997, but Ian Drew, executive v.p. of marketing for ARM, said this is the first time Microsoft has become a licensee of ARM's architecture. Other licensees include Qualcomm, Marvell and Infineon. Neither company would reveal the cost of the license."