With Oryon, Qualcomm finds a new ambition in the middle of the processor. This CPU represents the future of the firm in the PC, but also the mobile.
For several years, Qualcomm has offered chips based on its Snapdragon for PCs. Despite interesting elements, PCs under Snapdragon have not yet convinced us and Qualcomm is well aware of this. The firm therefore made the acquisition of Nuvia for $1.4 billiona CPU specialist.
Qualcomm is now ready to talk about the first processor resulting from this acquisition: the Qualcomm Oryon CPU.
A new processor for Snapdragon
On a modern SoC, there are many components. A processor for most calculations, but also a graphics chip, an ISP for image processing, a modem for wireless connectivity, and others. Here, it is on the processor that Qualcomm focuses.
Until then, Qualcomm used its Kryo cores in all its Snapdragons. The role of Oryon is to add to the Kryo cores to gain performance. Initially, these processors will arrive on PCs under Snapdragon. However, Qualcomm is already warning: future Snapdragons on mobile will also be able to take advantage of it. We can imagine that a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Gen 4 or Gen 5 will therefore benefit from an Oryon core.
For the rest, Qualcomm is still very vague on the details of its new architecture. The brand obviously promises that its processor will be the best in the industry, without further details. The release schedule for this new core is equally murky. We will be content to learn that a Snapdragon platform should benefit from it in 2023.
The firm makes no promises on the level of performance that can be expected from Oryon. When it hits the market, it will face ever more efficient Apple chips.
NB: Our reporter Cassim Ketfi is in Hawaii to cover the Snapdragon Summit 2022 as part of a press trip organized by Qualcomm.
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