Qualcomm to Debut Oryon Arm-based CPU Cores Following Nuvia Takeover

With the purchase of Nuvia, Qualcomm made it clear that it intends to dominate the mobile PC industry and eventually provide Arm-based custom processors that outperform Apple’s M models.

Qualcomm’s plans appeared to be in danger of failing until Arm itself intervened with a lawsuit accusing Qualcomm of violating patent and license terms.

This obstacle, however, did not affect Qualcomm, as it announced plans at the recently held Snapdragon Summit, repeating its commitment to a launch in 2023 and also disclosing that the specialized processor core will be called Oryon.

The Oryon CPU core should power Qualcomm’s forthcoming Windows on Arm devices because it is compatible with the Snapdragon platform.

Qualcomm has not yet shared a full sheet of specification the upcoming Oryon CPUs, but the Snapdragon-based platform that has recently received an update with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, is reported to have served as the foundation for the SoC that would incorporate the new cores.

For “extremely efficient and powerful devices” including Windows on smartphones, extended reality, Arm mobile PCs, AI-enabled driver assistance, digital cockpits, and infrastructure networking solutions, Qualcomm is developing the specialized Oryon CPU cores.

As the new Qualcomm Oryon would not only compete against the conventional AMD X86 and Intel counterparts, or the upcoming Apple upcoming M processors but also with Arm-based SOCs of MediaTek Kompanio, and even RISC-V laptop CPUs by SiFive, the mobile PC market may become congested in the years 2023–2024.

An online leak of the technical specifications for an upcoming Qualcomm processor with the codename “Hamoa” earlier this month revealed a CPU cluster with eight performance cores and four efficiency cores.

Apparently based on the Nuvia Phoenix design, this could be Qualcomm’s Oryon processor.

A better-bespoke GPU core was also described in the “Hamoa” leak, along with memory and cache arrangements resembling those of Apple’s M1 chip.

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