What is Qualcomm Oryon?

What is Qualcomm Oryon?
December 20 11:21 2022 Print This Article

After seven years, Qualcomm is now headed to replace its Kryo microarchitecture. Recently, Qualcomm announced Oryon, a new custom ARM  compatible CPU microarchitecture designed for Windows on ARM and mobile devices. This announcement, despite being shortchanged with information, might be the most important of all in the San Diego firm’s summit. 

Back in January 2021, Qualcomm bought Nuvia Technologies for $1.4 Billion. They were working on custom ARM architectures gunning for Apple Silicon. Digging up further on Nuvia, it was co-founded by ex-Apple CPU design chief Gerard Williams, now working for Senior VP Engineering on Qualcomm’s team and former System Architect at Google, John Bruno, in 2019. Oryon is designed for Snapdragon with the CPU microarchitecture honed in that Nuvia acquisition.

With that information unraveled, Oryon is shaped to be a serious Apple Silicon competitor. Though, not much is known about Oryon right now. Shipment starts this late 2023 for Windows on ARM devices. 

Meanwhile, rumors on Weibo suggest that the Oryon microarchitecture is set to be used on SM8750, the flagship SoC entrant for devices two generations ahead (since the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is SM8550).

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