Now, as Qualcomm appears to be like to push 5G connectivity into laptops, it’s pairing modems with a strong central processor unit, or CPU, Amon mentioned. As an alternative of utilizing computing core blueprints from longtime associate Arm Ltd, because it now does for smartphones, Qualcomm concluded it wanted custom-designed chips if its prospects had been to rival new laptops from Apple.
As head of Qualcomm’s chip division, Amon this yr led the $1.4 billion acquisition of startup Nuvia, whose ex-Apple founders assist design some these Apple laptop computer chips earlier than leaving to type the startup. Qualcom will begin promoting Nuvia-based laptop computer chips subsequent yr.
The processor business is scrambling to catch as much as Apple, and each Intel and AMD OEM is in search of one thing that can provide the identical or merely vaguely comparable form of efficiency and energy attract laptops just like the M1. Qualcomm is claiming right here that they’ll, and can – this yr, with out counting on Arm.