In the wake of Apple's success with its own ARM chips for PCS, other semiconductor makers are also seeing the light of day. Qualcomm unveiled its own Oryon PC chip at the Snapdragon Summit last week, which is expected to ship by the end of 2023.
If nothing else, Windows PCS based on the Oryon chip will be available in 2024, though three or four years later than the MacBooks with Apple's M1 chip, which is only for self-use, and Qualcomm's Oryon offers hope to other vendors.
Oryon is based on the acquired Nuvia Phoenix,Codenamed Hamoa, it adopts the big.LITTLE isomeric form of 8 large and 4 small nuclei.
The memory and cache design is similar to that of the Apple M1, while supporting a separate graphics card, and the performance is very promising.
This isn't the first time Qualcomm has launched ARM-based PC processors. There have been several Snapdrag-based PC chips before, but the market performance has not been as successful as Apple's M1 MacBook.
When the entire mobile chip market is dominated by ARM, why would Qualcomm make its own PC chips, even at the cost of $10 billion to acquire Nuvia? In addition, it quarreled with ARM over this matter. Both sides have sued each other, and the relationship is facing the risk of rupture.
Judging by the Revelations, ARM itself is to blame. For years, due to acquisitions and performance,When it comes to the CPU architecture, the Cortex-X1, X2, and now X3 super-large cores actually offer limited performance improvements and are not as efficient as they should be.
It's not just ARM that's dragging its feet on mobile cpus, it's also PC processors that aren't working. Manufacturers don't have a good architecture available, so they have to develop their own PC processors.
Similarly, Mediatek is working on its own PC processor, which has yet to be announced, but it's a space that can't be missed.