Qualcomm Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Nuvia in a deal worth up to $1.4 billion.
Qualcomm also revealed that the first Snapdragon platform chip with a new internally designed CPU will be ready for demo in the second half of 2022 for high-performance portable laptops.
The current Snapdragon CPU for the laptop platform is the Snapdragon 8CX 2nd generation, with eight Kryo 495 CPUs. Obviously, Kryo is not a brand new internal design in Qualcomm’s eyes. In fact, Kryo is based on the public ARM Cortex architecture, using both the ARM instruction set and the IP reference core.
So it’s reasonable to believe that the new U will not be a public version, but rather a V8 instruction set that Apple and past Samsung Mongooses use, with a fully home-built kernel.
The reason Qualcomm is making such a change, and so confident, is that it can’t walk away from Nuvia. Nuvia, which was launched in February 2019, is backed by three former Apple greats, including former CPU chief architect Gerard Williams III (now senior vice president of research and development at Qualcomm), John Bruno and Manu Gulati.
Gerard Williams helped lead the design of Apple’s A7 (Cyclone) through A14 (Firestorm), and also defined Corex-A8/A15 at ARM.