As of June 30th, Qualcomm’s Cristiano Amon has taken over as the corporate’s CEO, changing his predecessor Steve Mollenkopf which has now retired. Previous to the appointment, Amon had a protracted historical past and tenure at Qualcomm filling engineering roles, and beforehand filling the position of president of QCT (The corporate’s semiconductor enterprise).
In statements to Reuters, Amon had made feedback relating to the corporate’s future CPU roadmap, which come to additional contextualise the corporate’s accomplished acquisition of NUVIA final March.
“We would have liked to have the main efficiency for a battery-powered machine,” Amon stated. “If Arm, which we have had a relationship with for years, ultimately develops a CPU that is higher than what we will construct ourselves, then we all the time have the choice to license from Arm.”
The wording right here is once more very bullish on Qualcomm’s half, reinforcing the concept the corporate is extraordinarily assured in NUVIA’s CPU microarchitecture and that it’s going to haven’t any challenge in differentiating itself when it comes to efficiency in comparison with what Arm has accessible when it comes to CPU IP. Final March, the corporate had famous that work on integrating NUVIA’s customized CPU core right into a laptop-oriented Snapdragon SoC could be a right away focus, with Amon now stating that they’re planning on bringing such a design to market in 2022.
When it comes to timeline and in opposition to which Arm core the NUVIA design may compete in opposition to relies on when precisely in 2022 the brand new chip may make it to market – if it’s within the first half, then we’ll see it compete in opposition to the already introduced Cortex-X2 cores from Arm. If it’s within the latter half, it’s doable it will likely be positioned in opposition to Arm’s next-gen Sophia cores. In both case, Qualcomm appears assured when it comes to beating the Arm Cortex designs, which bodes properly for next-gen Snapdragons.
Amon’s remark that if Arm is ready to construct a greater CPU than Qualcomm’s personal designs can also be harking back to the corporate’s earlier era customized CPU endeavours: the final time the corporate had employed a customized microarchitecture was within the 2016 Snapdragon 820 with its Kryo cores. Competing Cortex cores had been sooner and extra energy environment friendly in a smaller space footprint, which lead the corporate to make use of these designs as an alternative, and ultimately resulting in Qualcomm dissolving its CPU design groups – a call which later ended up with no in-house design capabilities up till the current NUVIA buy.