Qualcomm Intends to Create New Laptop Chip to Rival Apple M1
The launch of the Apple M1 chip is a major blow to Intel and AMD. The two computer processor manufacturers are essentially being challenged to create processors as efficient as the Apple M1, which is now also used in both iMac and iPad Pro devices. But before Intel and AMD can reply, it looks like we will see a response from Qualcomm first.
To Reuters, Cristiano Amon as the new CEO of Qualcomm said that one of their closest agendas is to release a laptop chip that will compete directly with the Apple M1. As a system-on-a-chip (SoC), it packs all the essential components needed next to the processor, including a 5G modem.
Interestingly, Qualcomm intends to execute this plan without relying on ARM. Currently Qualcomm already has a number of laptop chips, but all of them are built on the same foundation as the Snapdragon chip line, whose processor core uses ARM's design architecture.
Instead, Qualcomm will maximize the new assets and resources they get from Nuvia, the startup they acquired last January for $1.4 billion. Nuvia was founded by a group of former Apple engineers who had previously worked directly on the team that developed the M1 chip. Nuvia was even sued by Apple, who claimed that the Nuvia founder stole Apple-designed technology.
If all goes according to plan, Qualcomm should be ready to produce this new laptop chip starting in 2022. Regardless, Qualcomm does not rule out the possibility of licensing technology from ARM should ARM succeed in creating better processors of their own blend.
In addition to developing new laptop chips, Nuvia's design technology will also license Qualcomm to cloud computing companies interested in creating their own chips for use in their respective data centers.