Qualcomm to sample Snapdragon laptop CPUs in 2H 2022These chips will be used in a wide variety of products, not only smartphones but also self-driving car technology, and VR/AR systems. The most exciting news perhaps is that Qualcomm explicitly mentions it's now working on in-house CPUs for high-performance ultraportable laptops. The first Snapdragon laptop processors are expected to sample in the second half of 2022. This implies product availability will occur sometime in 2023.
NUVIA founder Gerard Williams III was Apple's Chief CPU Architect for nearly a decade. It's believed he played a critical role in the creation of the M1 SoC -- the first ARM-based processor that has truly shown that ARM can replace x86 in the laptop market. Thanks to the success of the M1, we have high hopes for future ARM-based processors. At the moment, Windows on ARM is a lame duck but this could change with the arrival of high-performance ARM-based chips for the Windows platform. Similarly, the chips could be in high demand for future Chromebooks.
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has completed its acquisition of the world-class CPU and technology design company, NUVIA for $1.4 billion before working capital and other adjustments.
“The world-class NUVIA team enhances our CPU roadmap, extending Qualcomm’s leading technology position with the Windows, Android and Chrome ecosystems,” said Cristiano Amon, President and CEO-Elect, Qualcomm Incorporated. “The broad support of this acquisition from across industries validates the opportunity we have to provide differentiated products with leading CPU performance and power efficiency, as on-demand computing increases in the 5G era.”
Qualcomm Technologies expects to integrate next generation CPUs across a wide portfolio of products, including powering flagship smartphones, laptops, and digital cockpits, as well as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, extended reality, and infrastructure networking solutions. 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.
“We are excited to join the leading wireless innovator in the industry, driven by a common mission of inventing breakthrough technologies. Together, we will create a new class of high-performance computing platforms that set the bar for the industry,” said Gerard Williams former CEO of NUVIA, who now is SVP of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies.