Qualcomm acquired a startup founded by former Apple chip designers for $ 1.4 billion (about $ 1.7 billion Canadian).
The startup is called Nuvia, and it was founded by three Apple chip designers who worked on the tech giant’s A-series processors that power the iPhone and iPad.
Qualcomm says it will use Nuvia’s technology in future chips for projects involving smartphones, laptops and vehicles.
“NUVIA CPUs are expected to be integrated into Qualcomm Technologies’ broad product portfolio, powering flagship smartphones, next-generation laptops and digital cockpits, as well as advanced driver assistance systems, extended reality and infrastructure networking solutions. “. Qualcomm states.
Engadget notes that this acquisition could spell Qualcomm’s plans to create its own ARM-based processor cores. Apple uses its own ARM-based cores for its A-series chips, which generally perform better than Qualcomm’s designs.
This partnership with Nuvia could allow Qualcomm to rely less on ARM, especially since Nvidia acquired ARM.
Qualcomm’s acquisition announcement includes statements of support from its partners, including Google, Samsung, Microsoft and General Motors.