Qualcomm to Challenge Intel With Nuvia-Designed Notebook Chips

Christiano Amon, the new chief executive of Qualcomm, outlined the company’s intentions for its own processors based on technologies developed by Nuvia, a CPU startup the company acquired earlier this year. Qualcomm plans to roll out notebook chips featuring Nuvia’s architecture next year, but it will not return to the market of datacenters chips even with Nuvia’s promising technologies. Instead, Qualcomm will try to license these cores to other companies.

Nuvia was originally co-founded by ex-Apple engineers in a bid to build Arm-based system-on-chips (SoCs) for servers. Based on the company’s own simulations, its Phoenix core could deliver at least 50% higher peak performance than AMD’s Zen 2 and Intel’s Sunny Cove cores at 1/3 of power (4.50W vs. 14.80W) in Geekbench 5, which looked very competitive. The Phoenix core could also outperform Apple’s A13 Lightning cores, which essentially means that the company claimed the core was considerably better than Arm’s generic Cortex A-series cores that are widely used in smartphones, tablets, and some PC-oriented SoCs. 

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