Qualcomm announces next-generation Arm processors in 2023: former Apple employees are responsible for developing the benchmark M series

Qualcomm announces next-generation Arm processors in 2023: former Apple employees are responsible for developing the benchmark M series

Qualcomm is looking to seriously beef up its PC processors, announcing plans last night for a next-generation Arm-based processor “designed to set performance benchmarks for Windows PCs” that will be able to compete with Apple’s M. Series processors go hand in hand.

Qualcomm CTO Dr. James Thompson announced plans for the new processors at the company’s 2021 investor conference, targeting a launch in 2023, with samples available to hardware customers within the first nine months of launch.

Qualcomm announces next-generation Arm processors in 2023: former Apple employees are responsible for developing the benchmark M series

According to The Verge, the new processors will be designed by the Nuvia team, which Qualcomm acquired earlier this year in a massive $1.4 billion acquisition. Notably, Nuvia was founded in 2019 by three former Apple employees who previously worked on Apple’s A-series processors.

Qualcomm also made big promises: In addition to competing with Apple’s best-in-class M-series processors, Qualcomm is committed to leading in “sustained performance and battery life.” Additionally, Qualcomm will expand its Adreno GPUs with the goal of delivering desktop-class gaming capabilities to its future PC products.

IT House learned that Qualcomm has tried to enter the PC processor field before, and its products include Snapdragon 8cx series processors and cooperation with Microsoft on Surface X’s SQ1 and SQ2. However, when Apple launched the M1 series last year, Arm-based processors offered a revolutionary power consumption ratio, and Qualcomm’s PC efforts have so far been lackluster.

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