I am November 2019 Qualcomm could reveal something exciting: They brought in the former top developers from Apple who developed the A-series for Apple mobile phones.
“Gerard Williams III, Manu Gulati and John Bruno started the company earlier this year and have now managed to raise $53 million in venture capital from Dell Technologies Capital and a number of other Silicon Valley companies. This will enable Nuvia to grow its headcount to around 100 employees before 2020 from 60 current employees,” we announced at the time.
It was not known then that Qualcomm would become the owner, but it became known early this year.
There was also some legal push after Williams III left Apple. Williams III later stated that Apple was trying to “New technologies are stifling“.
PC manufacturers will get chips next year
The feud between the two isn’t over, but Qualcomm has now revealed that the Nuvia team they’ve been trading is ready to challenge the Apple Silicon M series with CPUs in 2023. It’s important to realize that the chip doesn’t follow the ARM architecture that it should be licensed, but it’s possible That looks like a good deal.
The chip designed by Qualcomm’s Nuvia will depart from the Arm-licensed architectures currently used in the Snapdragon series.
The chip consists of:
- CPU “next generation”
- Adreno GPU
- hexa processor
- 5G network
- Qualcomm Spectra ISP
- sensor axis
The company says the soon-to-be chips will set a new benchmark for performance on Windows PCs, and “lead the way with sustainable performance and long battery life.” The latter leads us to believe that they will not be the fastest, but at least they will perform much better than 8CX.
The company has also inflated its 5G modems that it thinks Apple will have a hard time beating.
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