Qualcomm seeks to develop the next best laptop processors — beating Apple M1 chips

Qualcomm’s new CEO Cristiano Amon believes the company’s next CPU will dominate the laptop market, offering laptop manufacturers a custom-designed processor that will beat Apple’s M1 chip and upcoming MacBook models.

The recently appointed CEO, taking over from the now-retired Steve Mollenkopf, wants Qualcomm’s next-generation chips to rival new laptops from Apple, offering the “leading performance for a battery-powered device.” Along with pushing 5G connectivity to laptops, the new chips are set to arrive as soon as 2022. 

According to Amon’s interview with Reuters, the CEO’s $1.4 billion acquisition with startup Nuvia is the first step to making these powerful processors. What’s more, Nuvia is made up of former Apple and Google chip designers (via TechCrunch), and Qualcomm is expected to release Nuvia-based laptop chips next year.

“We needed to have the leading performance for a battery-powered device,” Amon said in the interview. “If Arm, which we’ve had a relationship with for years, eventually develops a CPU that’s better than what we can build ourselves, then we always have the option to license from Arm.”

Qualcomm entering the laptop CPU market 

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