Qualcomm is working on portable chips to challenge Apple’s M-Series silicon

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon speaks at the company’s investor event in 2021.


Qualcomm is ready to take on the current laptop processor business with next-generation chips. That’s at least the vision outlined Tuesday by Qualcomm’s President and CEO Cristiano Amon at the company’s Investor Day 2021 event.

When asked about Qualcomm’s ambitions for the laptop market, Amon first talked a lot about Apple’s latest M-series laptop chips. He praised the Arm-based processors for both their speed and efficient SoC (system-on-a-chip) design.

He also said that Qualcomm is “actively working to build a performance benchmark for this new architecture,” specifically for Windows PCs with Arm management. Samples of Qualcomm’s next generation chips are expected to go to device manufacturers next year, while products with them may be launched in 2023.

Qualcomm has previously made Arm-based chips for Windows PCs. For example, it collaborated with Microsoft to create the SQ1 and SQ2 SoC processors found in Surface Pro X (2020). That said, the model is not known for extreme computing power.

It is likely that this new move for Qualcomm is directly related to its purchase of Nuvia. This business is important because it uses Arm-based chips to build servers. Nuvia was also powered by former Apple chip managers.

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