Qualcomm Applied sciences has agreed to purchase high-performance silicon start-up Nuvia for about $1.4 billion, in a transfer that Qualcomm says will deliver “step-function enhancements in CPU efficiency and energy effectivity to satisfy the calls for of next-generation 5G computing.”

Qualcomm has large plans for Nuvia’s CPUs, saying that they are going to be built-in throughout its portfolio to energy flagship smartphones, next-generation laptops, digital cockpits, Superior Driver Help Programs (ADAS), prolonged actuality and infrastructure networking options.

“The addition of NUVIA CPUs to Qualcomm Applied sciences’ already main cellular graphics processing unit (GPU), AI engine, DSP and devoted multimedia accelerators will additional lengthen the management of Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms, and positions Snapdragon as the popular platform for the way forward for related computing,” Qualcomm stated.

Cristian Amon, Qualcomm’s incoming president and CEO, tweeted that the corporate is “a world-class CPU and high-performance SoC design workforce & collectively we’ll redefine computing and drive innovation for the 5G period!”

Nuvia tweeted in response that it’s “trying ahead to combining our expertise, know-how and know-how with @Qualcomm to create a brand new class of high-performance computing platforms.”

Silicon Valley-based Nuvia is venture-capital-backed and was co-founded by a leadership team that got here from Apple and Google. Nuvia’s VP of Engineering Syrus Ziai additionally held a VP of engineering function at Qualcomm between 2015-2016, in keeping with his LinkedIn web page. It’s a younger firm for such a hefty price ticket: Nuvia was based in February 2019. The corporate closed on a Series B funding round in late September 2020 that raised $240 million to help its efforts to carry its Orion SoC to market to serve knowledge facilities’ want for more and more high-performance compute.

Within the announcement of the acquisition, as in Amon’s tweet, Qualcomm emphasised each the tech and the human experience that the acquisition will carry into its fold. Nuvia, Qualcomm stated, is comprised of a “confirmed world-class CPU and know-how design workforce, with industry-leading experience in excessive efficiency processors, Programs on a Chip and energy administration for compute-intensive units and functions.” Nuvia founders Gerard Williams III, Manu Gulati and John Bruno, and their workers might be becoming a member of Qualcomm.

“The mix of NUVIA and Qualcomm will carry the {industry}’s greatest engineering expertise, know-how and assets collectively to create a brand new class of high-performance computing platforms that set the bar for our {industry}. We couldn’t be extra excited for the alternatives forward,” stated Williams, who’s CEO of Nuvia.

“5G, the convergence of computing and cellular architectures, and the growth of cellular applied sciences into different industries are vital alternatives for Qualcomm,” stated Amon in a press release. “The Nuvia workforce are confirmed innovators, and like Qualcomm, have a robust heritage in creating main know-how and merchandise. I’m very excited to have them be part of our workforce. Collectively, we’re very nicely positioned to redefine computing and allow our ecosystem of companions to drive innovation and ship a brand new class of merchandise and experiences for the 5G period.”

Qualcomm CTO Jim Thompson stated that “including Nuvia’s deep understanding of high-performance design and integrating NUVIA CPUs with Snapdragon — along with our industry-leading graphics and AI — will take computing efficiency to a brand new stage and drive new capabilities for merchandise that serve a number of industries.”