Qualcomm just snapped up Apple’s chief architect and his CPU startup




  • Qualcomm has introduced a $1.4 billion deal to procure chip design company Nuvia.
  • The fledgling corporate used to be based through Apple govt Gerard Williams III.
  • He is the long-time chief architect at the back of quite a few Apple CPUs and chipsets.

Qualcomm is the highest canine within the Android telephone house presently, but it surely faces stiff pageant within the basic smartphone house and computing house because of avid gamers like (*12*)Apple. Now, the United States chipmaker has introduced a $1.4 billion deal to procure fledgling silicon design company Nuvia.

Nuvia used to be based again in 2021 through former Apple silicon govt Gerard Williams III, together with Manu Gulati and John Bruno. Williams used to be the chief architect at the back of a number of main Apple CPUs and chipsets from 2021 to 2021.

More in particular, Williams’ ConnectedIn profile notes that he used to be at the back of the Cyclone, Typhoon, Twister, Hurricane, Monsoon, Vortex, Lightning and Firestorm CPUs. These CPUs had been featured within the Apple A7, A8, A9, A10, A11, A12 collection, A13, and A14 respectively. The Nuvia founder’s profile additionally notes that he used to be the chief architect for Apple’s Mac {hardware}.

Going again even futher, the Nuvia co-founder labored at Arm from 1998 to 2021, running on CPU tech just like the Arm Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A15 CPU cores.


Credit: ConnectedIn/Gerard Williams III

In saying the deal, Qualcomm mentioned that Nuvia has industry-leading experience in “top efficiency processors, Systems on a Chip and energy control for compute-intensive gadgets and programs.” So how will Qualcomm use the brand new company’s technology?

“Nuvia CPUs are anticipated to be built-in throughout Qualcomm Technologies’ vast portfolio of goods, powering flagship smartphones, next-generation laptops, and virtual cockpits, in addition to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, prolonged fact and infrastructure networking answers,” the San Diego company defined.

In different phrases, it appears like we will be expecting long term Qualcomm smartphone processors to change out Arm’s Cortex CPUs in want of (newly) in-house answers. This would mark the primary time since 2021’s Snapdragon 820 that it used customized CPU designs. But the massive distinction between now and then after all, is that Qualcomm didn’t have Apple’s chief silicon dressmaker running for it.

It’s additionally value noting that Qualcomm says Nuvia CPUs might be discovered inside of next-generation laptops, suggesting that long term Windows on Arm laptops will achieve a significant efficiency spice up. And it’s just in time too, as Apple makes waves with its M1-powered Mac computer systems.

We’ve contacted Qualcomm to determine extra about its intentions with Nuvia and will replace the thing once they get again to us. Do you suppose this deal will lend a hand Qualcomm to overcome Apple? Give us your ideas within the feedback!