Qualcomm revealed in November of last year that it planned to produce next-generation Arm-based System on CPUs (SoCs) for the PC industry to compete with Apple’s M-series chips. The Nuvia team is developing the chips, which are “intended to establish the performance standard for Windows PCs.” “Sustained performance and battery life” are the goals of Qualcomm, which says it will compete directly with Apple’s M-series CPUs comprising the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max.
Christian Amon, Qualcomm’s president and CEO, indicated earlier this week that the Nuvia team was making headway towards its aim of delivering a major jump forwards for Arm CPUs. By late 2023, users will be able to buy Nuvia-powered Windows laptops, according to Amon, who said the first Nuvia-designed chip would be “targeting the performance tier”.
According to the schedule, there will be a minor delay compared to Qualcomm’s planned 2023 deadline. Manufacturers of consumer electronics had previously been told that samples of Nuvia chips will be ready to them in August 2022, but that timeline has now been pushed back to the second half of 2022, with a focus on “late” 2023 for the release of the first Nuvia gadgets.
In January 2021, Qualcomm paid $1.4 billion to purchase Nuvia, a semiconductor firm formed by ex-Apple chip designers. To better compete with the M1, the former Apple developers were planning to develop Arm-based SoCs for servers and an always-connected PC (ACPC) chip, but their goals seem to have extended dramatically.
Apple is predicted to be well into its M2 processor generation by the end of 2023. By the time the first Nuvia chips hit the market, the business may have have launched the first M3 chips.