Qualcomm is working on a next-generation processor, codenamed “Hamoa”, which will be designed for use in desktop computers. It is reported that the project was based on the developments of Nuvia Phoenix. The Hamoa processor should get 12 cores – eight high-performance and four energy efficient. Devices with this chip should appear in 2024.
Recall that in January 2021, Qualcomm bought the company Nuvia, consisting of former Apple engineers. Some of them developed Apple’s A-series processors, which became the basis for Apple’s M processors for laptops and desktops.
According to a famous insider Wojciechowski’s cubes (Kuba Wojciechowski), the “Hamoa” chip will receive a memory and cache configuration similar to the Apple M1. Also, the novelty will support discrete graphics cards (dGPU), which is quite interesting, since current ARM processors are not compatible with graphics from NVIDIA or AMD.
It is noted that the performance of the new processor looks “extremely promising”, but no details yet. One way or another, it will be interesting to compare Hamoa with current generation Snapdragon chips, with the Apple M2 and Intel’s 12th generation mobile processors. Information about the process technology, power consumption, driver support and other technologies is not yet available.
It is possible that Qualcomm will share some details about the next generation processor based on Nuvia developments as part of the annual Snapdragon Summit, which will be held from November 15 to 17, 2022.