Qualcomm: Next-gen Nuvia-based Snapdragon reportedly has design wins
Qualcomm has understandably been quite optimistic about always-connected Windows PCs based on the Snapdragon system-on-chips. Since the company acquired Nuvia with its high-performance CPU design, business optimism transformed into confidence. Apparently, there’s reason to be confident, as Qualcomm’s next-generation Nuvia-powered SoCs are reportedly already winning designs two years before their actual availability.
“We expect to see an inflection point in Windows on Snapdragon PCs in 2024 based on a significant number of winning designs to date,” Qualcomm chief executive Cristiano Amon said on the call. company with investors and analysts this week (via SearchAlpha). “We increased OEM design gains in ecosystem traction for our next-generation Windows-on-Snapdragon solutions, which incorporate our custom processors.”
Qualcomm has faced a number of setbacks with its Nuvia-powered Snapdragon SoCs. Initially, the company intended to begin sampling processors in August 2022 and then ship them commercially in 2023. But the company then sampling postponed to 2023 and now awaits the arrival of Windows systems based on its SoCs to hit the market in 2024.
While Qualcomm’s chief executive didn’t reveal how many design wins or when exactly they’re expected to hit the market in 2024 (the 2024 holiday season launch is technically available in 2024), the growing number number of design wins indicates that PC makers are committed to delivering Arm-Windows machines in two years. Moreover, it shows their performance assurance and the competitive advantages these computers can provide, which is a good sign for both Qualcomm and other Arm-powered SoC designers.
Unfortunately, there are some things to worry about when it comes to Nuvia-based Snapdragons. Cristiano Amon did not address the Ongoing legal battle between Arm and Qualcomm. If Arm wins the litigation, it will mean the end of Nuvia’s existing processor design, as Arm is asking Qualcomm to destroy it and never bring it to market.