Qualcomm seems to be ready to take its Windows on ARM aspirations to a new level. During the chip giant's annual summit, the company has news about Windows on ARM, alongside a new mobile processor and its plans for AI.
Unfortunately, there was no introduction for an update to the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, which powers the latest Windows on ARM devices. However, Qualcomm says the next ARM processor it builds will build on its Nuvia acquisition.
This processor will be known as Oryon. That is the same name Qualcomm uses for its ARM PC chips, so we guess a different number system will be used to differentiate them.
One of the most interesting aspects of all this is the complications of the relationship between Qualcomm and Arm in relation to Nuvia.
Back in September, I reported on Arm suing Qualcomm for the technology it uses it uses in Nuvia. In fact, Arm is directly seeking for the courts to force Qualcomm to “destroy” the Nuvia Phoenix Core CPU. Furthermore, the company is seeking an injunction against Qualcomm for trademark infringement.
Arm alleges Qualcomm tried to transfer Nuvia licenses without informing Arm. As a consequence, the company decided to end those license agreements in March this year. Qualcomm uses Arm licensing to underpin many of its chip designs. Nuvia also had a long-term licensing agreement with Arm before it was bought by Qualcomm for $1.4 billion in 2021.
It is not uncommon for tech companies to continue working together in areas not related to another case.
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