Semiconductor producer Qualcomm might be widely known to Android homeowners for the reason that corporate is at the back of the Snapdragon cellular processors. Those are often a number of the maximum robust computing devices in Android smartphones, however the pageant from Apple’s A-chips that function within the iPhone and iPad is fierce.

Qualcomm may be recognized to iPhone customers. The San Diego corporate engaged in a court docket dispute with Apple over a patent dispute in 2019 and in the end gained.

With the transfer to its personal SoCs (techniques on a chip) for the Mac, Apple has additional larger the focal point by itself Arm-based {hardware}. That is nice information for Apple lovers, however no longer so nice for Qualcomm who may lose floor to Apple.

Qualcomm CEO Christiano Amon has advised Reuters that he intents to tackle Apple’s M1 chip – or even surpass it. To reach this Qualcomm will depend on a group of chip architects who previously labored on Apple’s chip and at the moment are hired by way of Qualcomm.

A few of these ex Apple workers have been recruited by way of Qualcomm. Others got here to Qualcomm with the purchase of startup Nuvia for 1.4 billion US bucks. Nuvia was once based by way of 3 former high-ranking Apple workers.

Nuvia is in litigation with Apple as a result of Apple accused them of founding their corporate whilst nonetheless in provider with Apple. The truth that Apple has taken criminal motion means that it takes the technical competence of the Nuvia founders severely. Competence that Qualcomm has absorbed throughout the acquisition of Nuvia.

Qualcomm intends to start out promoting those Nuvia-based computer chips subsequent yr, on the other hand, their CEO does point out that if Arm develops a CPU that is higher than what Qualcomm can construct they’ll license it from Arm.

This newsletter at first seemed on Macwelt. Translation by way of Karen Haslam.