In short: Qualcomm bought Nuvia last year and then announced that together they would launch laptop chips that could compete with the Apple M1 sometime this year. However, comments in the recent earnings report either pushed back those plans or shed more light on them.

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During this week’s quarterly earnings report, Qualcomm CEO Christiano Amon said that the development of its new Arm-based laptop processor, which is being developed by Nuvia, on the run. However, he also said that Qualcomm expects it to arrive in late 2023, more than a year after the previously disclosed release window.

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Qualcomm bought Nuvia in March 2021 to move into the laptop processor market, specifically to catch up with Apple’s M-series processors. That summer, the company said it planned to launch a Nuvia-designed laptop processor in 2022.

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Following the earnings announcement, Qualcomm told PCWorld that its roadmap was consistent since its presentation in November last year. He said he would sample the Nuvia processor in 2022 and the release of products using it in 2023. Qualcomm reiterated that Amon’s mention of 2023 refers to a product launch. Either that was the plan from the start, or the delay happened last fall.

Qualcomm and Nuvia may end up testing their processors right before Apple’s next generation of chips launch. Rumor has it that Apple has several devices based on the M2 planned for this year with M3 expected Next year.