Qualcomm to Develop Apple M1 Competitor for PCs

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Qualcomm will be following on the heels of Apple and its highly lauded M1 chip by bringing a similar idea to PCs. That’s according to Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon, who told Reuters in a recent interview that Qualcomm would be designing its own system-on-a-chip (SoC) for laptops. These chips will not be based on any ARM technology, however, but on Nuvia’s designs, a startup that Qualcomm acquired this year for $1.4 billion. Nuvia was founded by ex-Apple employees who helped launch the M1 chip.

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[…] as Qualcomm looks to push 5G connectivity into laptops, it is pairing modems with a powerful central processor unit, or CPU, Amon said. Instead of using computing core blueprints from longtime partner Arm Ltd, as it now does for smartphones, Qualcomm concluded it needed custom-designed chips if its customers were to rival new laptops from Apple.

Sources: Reuters, Ars Technica

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