Qualcomm announces the acquisition of chip start-up NUVIA

Qualcomm announces the absorption of NUVIA. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm announces the absorption of NUVIA. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm has revealed that it has bought the CPU-design team NUVIA for approximately US$1.4 billion. The OEM asserts that the move will make it more competitive in the future, and will enhance the development of Snapdragon mobile chipsets, as well as platforms for AI-powered vehicles, XR and infrastructure. Its hardware partners, including Microsoft and Samsung, have welcomed the acquisition.
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NUVIA is a company started in 2019 by 3 ex-Apple executives with the goal of developing new chips that could improve on power-efficiency compared to those from AMD or Intel. Qualcomm has announced it has agreed to acquire this group for a rough sum of US$1.4 billion.

The OEM perceives NUVIA as a team that has grown into a "world-class" CPU design entity. Its IP is now destined to inform platforms such as the Snapdragon SoCs for next-gen smartphones and also possibly laptops.

Qualcomm also has interests in the silicon to drive the automotive control and interaction (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) or next-gen digital dashboards, for example) and extended reality (XR) hardware of the future, to which NUVIA technology may also now be applied.

High-level representatives of Qualcomm's various partners have issued their approval and congratulations in response to NUVIA's impenidng inclusion. They range from PC-makers such as Acer, Lenovo and HP to predominantly mobile OEMs such as OnePlus, OPPO, Honor, HMD Global, Google and LG.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01-13 (Update: 2021-01-13)
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