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Qualcomm to buy CPU-developer NUVIA for $1.4bn

14th January 2021
Mick Elliott

Qualcomm is buying CPU-developer NUVIA for approximately $1.4 billion before working capital and other adjustments. The acquisition builds on Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon technology.

Qualcomm says it will deliver step-function improvements in CPU performance and power efficiency to meet the demands of next-generation 5G computing. 

NUVIA CPUs are expected to be integrated across Qualcomm Technologies’ broad portfolio of products, powering flagship smartphones, next-generation laptops, and digital cockpits, as well as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, extended reality and infrastructure networking solutions.

As part of the transaction, NUVIA founders Gerard Williams III, Manu Gulati and John Bruno, and their employees will be joining Qualcomm.

NUVIA comprises a proven CPU and technology design team, with industry-leading expertise in high performance processors, Systems on a Chip (SoC) and power management for compute-intensive devices and applications.

“5G, the convergence of computing and mobile architectures, and the expansion of mobile technologies into other industries are significant opportunities for Qualcomm,” said Cristiano Amon (pictured), President and CEO-Elect, Qualcomm. “The NUVIA team are proven innovators, and like Qualcomm, have a strong heritage in creating leading technology and products. I am very excited to have them join our team. Together, we are very well positioned to redefine computing and enable our ecosystem of partners to drive innovation and deliver a new class of products and experiences for the 5G era.”

“CPU performance leadership will be critical in defining and delivering on the next era of computing innovation,” said Gerard Williams CEO of NUVIA. “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. We couldn’t be more excited for the opportunities ahead.”

“Creating high performance, low-power processors and highly integrated, complex SoCs are part of our DNA,” said Jim Thompson, Chief Technology Officer of Qualcomm. “Adding NUVIA’s deep understanding of high-performance design and integrating NUVIA CPUs with Snapdragon - together with our industry-leading graphics and AI - will take computing performance to a new level and drive new capabilities for products that serve multiple industries.”  

Qualcomm’s broad ecosystem of partners, including Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Bosch, General Motors, Acer and LG Mobile have voiced strong support for the acquisition.

NUVIA was founded in 2019. Williams III was Chief CPU Architect at Apple. Gulati was the lead SoC Architect for consumer hardware at Google. Bruno was a System Architect at Google.

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