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Arm Holdings Demands Qualcomm Halt Copilot+ PC Shipments

Arm's two-year legal battle against Qualcomm over the use of Nuvia technology will reach a conclusion in December.


Arm Holdings has issued a directive instructing Qualcomm to stop the release of its Snapdragon X chips and suspend the launch of Copilot+ PCs set for June 18, 2024. The order is a result of a legal tussle centered around technology obtained through Qualcomm's acquisition of Nuvia, which cost $1.4 billion in 2021.

Dispute Over Nuvia's Intellectual Property

The legal arguments revolve around 's newest processors incorporating Nuvia's designs. Arm claims that Qualcomm must terminate the use of Nuvia's technology per contractual agreements. Initially aimed at server CPUs, Nuvia's technology, developed by former engineers behind the A-series chips, was intended to enhance Qualcomm's competitiveness against Apple's Arm-based processors. The Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus chips, essential components in from brands like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, , and Samsung, are central to this dispute.

Qualcomm's Stand and Legal Prospects

Despite a two-year battle, Qualcomm maintains that it holds a valid license covering PC chips. General Counsel Ann Chaplin has articulated confidence in the legitimacy of Qualcomm's existing rights. The case will be decided in a federal court in Delaware, with proceedings slated to begin in December 2024.

Beyond PC processors, the dispute has wider implications. Qualcomm aims to integrate Nuvia's technology into a variety of products, including smartphones, automotive systems, and augmented reality devices. Arm's goal is to secure licensing fees for these chips, compensating for Qualcomm's decreased dependency on Arm-designed architectures.

Possible Outcomes and Sector Impact

The demand for Qualcomm to obliterate all Nuvia-based designs poses significant challenges, especially given the approaching shipment date for Copilot+ PCs. Stopping the distribution of numerous PC models in such a short timeframe seems improbable. Without an injunction and considering the case's ongoing nature, halting shipments is unlikely.

Industry experts predict a potential settlement between Arm and Qualcomm, centered around revenue-sharing for the contested technology. Both companies have vested interests in future collaborations that could be financially beneficial. This legal dispute will likely influence future licensing practices within the Arm ecosystem.

Luke Jones
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