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Qualcomm pays for Nuvia, a start up founded in 2019 by former Apple engineers

Qualcomm has bought the company of the three former Cupertino for 1.4 billion dollars.

Qualcomm has just given itself a slightly late Christmas present. The American got his hands on Nuvia, this young company, founded in 2019 by former Apple employees. Nuvia’s specialty is developing chips for servers, and it is this specific work that Qualcomm is particularly interested in. The transaction is said to be $ 1.4 billion and it comes as the San Diego firm is about to change direction, Christian Amon taking the place of CEO from Steve Mollenkopf.

While Qualcomm relies on Cortex cores (developed by ARM) for these chips, this is not the case with Nuvia, which itself designs its chips, admittedly based on an ARM architecture. Indeed, the three founding members of Nuvia all have in common to have participated in the development of mobile processors (of the A series) at Apple. Another common point, which is not one this time, the Cupertino processors are obviously based on an ARM architecture …

Qualcomm no doubt hopes to integrate Nuvia’s know-how into its various chips, whether for smartphones, laptops or even the automobile. Nevertheless, the case could go wrong on the judicial level. Indeed, the creation of Nuvia and the divorce from Apple did not happen without some complaints for the founders of Nuvia who counterattacked in turn in 2020. This could revive the legendary rivalry between Apple and Qualcomm …

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