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Qualcomm claims it can design a better chip than the Apple M1

By Cookie Monster - on 3 Jul 2021, 4:01am

Qualcomm claims it can design a better chip than the Apple M1

The Apple M1 is based on ARM.

Qualcomm is expected to unveil a chipset that is superior to the Apple M1 by next year. 

In an interview with Reuters, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon claims that the company will have the best chip on the market for laptop makers as it has a team of chip architects who previously worked on the Apple silicon. The team of chip designers include Gerard Williams, who was the senior director in platform architecture and led the development of every Apple chipset from A7 to the A12X.

Williams left Apple in 2019 and established a startup, NUVIA Inc with two former Apple chip executives. This led Apple to sue Williams for breach of contract. Qualcomm acquired Nuvia for $1.4 billion earlier this year and will begin selling Nuvia-based laptop chips in 2022.

Amon added that Qualcomm needs its own custom-designed processors to compete with the Apple M1-powered notebooks. If ARM develops a CPU that is better, Amon says Qualcomm has the option to license it. 

It remains to be seen if Qualcomm can design a better chip than Apple. The M1 chip, which is widely believed to be Apple's entry-level processor for Macs, can already match high-end Intel CPUs. In addition, Apple is reportedly working on a new chip design with as many as 32 high-performance cores.

Source: Reuters

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