Qualcomm acquires Nuvia, a 2 year old startup by former Apple engineers for $1.4 billion

According to the latest news, Qualcomm has just acquired Nuvia. Nuvia was formed in 2019 by three former engineers and chip specialists who worked at Apple on the A-series chip line that powers the iPhone and iPad. As per reports, Qualcomm has paid the firm US $ 1.4 billion for the acquisition. The three specialists are Gerard Williams, Manu Gulati, and John Bruno.

Qualcomm. said in a statement “5G is further accelerating the convergence of mobility and computing. The acquisition of Nuvia builds on Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon technology leadership, delivering step-function improvements in CPU performance and power efficiency to meet the demands of next-generation 5G computing”.

Nuvia CEO Gerard Williams who was formerly chief CPU architect at Apple said “CPU performance leadership will be critical in defining and delivering on the next era of computing innovation. The combination of Nuvia and Qualcomm will bring the industry’s best engineering talent, technology and resources together to create a new class of high-performance computing platforms that set the bar for our industry.”

Qualcomm acquires Nuvia, a 2 year old startup by former Apple engineers for US $ 1.4 billion
Qualcomm acquires Nuvia, a 2-year-old startup by former Apple engineers for the US $ 1.4 billion

In the last decade, companies that once used to rely on chipmakers like AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm have started building their own chip design teams to reduce reliance on third parties. This puts Qualcomm at odds with companies it once considered core partners.

Notably, Apple and Qualcomm engaged in a bitter patent infringement legal battle which was settled in 2019 but the message was clear that Apple was tired of paying other companies to license their tech. Later on, Apple also dropped Intel CPUs in favour of its own custom-designed line of M1 processors.

Even though Apple and Qualcomm cut a deal that Apple will be using Qualcomm’s modems in 5G devices, Apple is reportedly working on its own cellular modems. Many companies are building their own Arm based CPUs to compete with AMD and Intel. Nuvia is reportedly building a more flexible custom chip core called Phoenix.

Last year, Williams told VentureBeat, “We’re designing our own core from the ground up. Our secret sauce is really physical design capabilities and microarchitecture. And that’s where you see the differentiation coming into play for almost anybody that builds a processor.”