Chip manufacturer Qualcomm has stated that it is working on a new chipset that can take on Apple’s M-series chip now found in the M1 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. However, they won’t be ready until nine months from now.
During Qualcomm’s investor’s event of the year, Chief Technology Officer Dr. James Thompson announced the company’s plans to introduce a bit of competition for Apple. As reported by iMore, the plan is to create a chipset that is compatible with Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, which were introduced this year.
Qualcomm just promised an Apple M series competitor PC chipset in “nine months” or so. Acknowledge they have weakness in CPU and are using Nuvia acquisition to fix that. #qualcomm pic.twitter.com/CdBsHhKQKr
— Sascha Segan (@saschasegan) November 16, 2021
The company will be utilizing the Nuvia acquisition in order to beef up its presence as far as CPUs are concerned. Qualcomm acquired Nuvia earlier in 2021 for $1.4 billion. Dr. Thompson stated that Qualcomm’s new “arm-compatible” chipset for PC will be designed by Nuvia. In an estimated nine months, the company will be ready to unveil the chip with it being ready for devices in 2023.
Currently, Qualcomm is one of Apple’s key suppliers. The company provides modems for the iPhone 13 and previous generations of smartphones from Apple. Whether this news will affect their ongoing relationship remains to be seen. While Apple just introduced the M1 Pro and M1 Max, it’s been rumoured that the next-generation M2 chip may be ready by next year.