Although Qualcomm’s first Nuvia-based processor isn’t expected to launch until 2024, that doesn’t mean the company isn’t busy running comprehensive experiments on that very silicon. The most recent information, which comes from unknown sources, extols the virtues of this enigmatic SoC while revealing that it would include a 12-core CPU architecture.
The initial chip has the codename “Hamoa” and is based on the Nuvia Phoenix design. We’re not clear why Kuba Wojciechowski claims that this silicon is a desktop one in the tweet below when Qualcomm has already created SoCs like the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 to be utilised in thin-and-light Windows notebooks.
Like Apple did with its M1 chip, which was first included into MacBooks and subsequently iMacs, perhaps Qualcomm’s first Nuvia chip could be utilised in both categories of machines.
This “Hamoa” appears to have Apple’s M1’s memory and cache setup and supports dedicated GPUs. These portable computers might be able to link to external GPU enclosures via the Thunderbolt interface, something Apple no longer permits on its MacBook range, assuming the first family of Nuvia chips under the Snapdragon name materialise in notebooks.
Similar to Apple, this processor will include a 12-core CPU with four custom-designed performance cores and eight performance cores for performance. We will have to take Wojciechowski’s sources’ claims that the performance results of this Nuvia SoC are “very promising” with a grain of salt because they did not provide us with specific numbers. Recall that the M1 Pro and M1 Max from Apple have more performance cores than efficiency ones, so Qualcomm sticking with this layout is not unusual.
Sadly, there is a lot of information out there that we cannot access right now. What production method, for instance, does Qualcomm intend to employ? This metric will have an impact on battery life and will continue to be a reliable foundation for buyers to forego plans to buy tried-and-true x86-powered notebooks in favour of spending money on something else. Additionally, the terms “very promising” are ambiguous and might signify a variety of things.
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