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ARMs Race | Qualcomm to take the fight to Apple with future Snapdragon PCs

Qualcomm recently completed the acquisition of a silicon design startup Nuvia and with this new acquisition Qualcomm’s new CEO Cristiano Amon believes Qualcomm could make the world’s best processor and beat Apple’s M1, according to a report from Reuters.

Amon led the $1.4 billion acquisition of the Nuvia as Qualcomm’s head of its semiconductor division. Nuvia was founded back in 2019 by former Apple chief architect Gerard Williams III with Manu Gulati and John Bruno. Williams is behind several major Apple CPU’s and chipsets from 2010 to 2019 that include Cyclone, Typhoon, Twister, Hurricane, Monsoon, Vortex, Lightning and Firestorm CPUs featured in the A7, A8, A9, A10, A11, A12, A13 and A13 chipsets. Before working at Apple, Williams worked at ARM from 1998 and 2010 where he worked on Cortex-A8 and Coretex-A15 CPU cores.

Where will we see Nuvia’s CPUs?

Nuvia’s CPU tech is expected to be integrated across Qualcomm Technologies’ broad portfolio of products. What that means is Qualcomm will replace Arm’s Cortex CPUs for their new in-house Nuvia-derived solutions. This means we will see Nuvia CPUs “powering flagship smartphones, next-generation laptops, and digital cockpits, as well as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, extended reality and infrastructure networking solutions.”

Qualcomm said that Nuvia’s CPU’s will be found inside of next-generation ARM-based PC’s and they will see major performance boots beyond the Snapdragon 855 based 8cx Gen2 5G and Microsoft’s derivative SQ2 found in Surface Pro X. The first Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms to feature Qualcomm Technologies’ new internally designed CPUs are expected to sample in the second half of 2022 and will be designed for high performance ultraportable laptops.  

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