Reuters is reporting that Microsoft has just inked a new deal with chip manufacturer ARM that will give Microsoft “access to [the] ARM architecture instead of licensing products one by one.” Analysts are already beginning to speculate that this could be the first step in a plan that would have Microsoft designing its own ARM base processor; similar to Apple’s A4 chip based on ARM technology. “With closer access to the ARM technology we will be able to enhance our research and development activities for ARM-based products,” said Microsoft General Manager KD Hallman. Yesterday, Microsoft announced record earnings, today, a new chip deal. Making moves up in Redmond!