a CPU aiming to compete with Apple’s chips

As the Qualcomm Summit comes to an end, the American firm lifts the veil on a whole new category of products in its catalog.

After the main course represented by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm has been busy detailing its other product families… and even took the opportunity to present a new one! Oryon is the name of the range of processors (CPUs) intended for computers, but not only. A new product that could shake up the PC ecosystem in the coming years.

Qualcomm rethinks its presence on computers

The American manufacturer is not really entering an unknown market. Indeed, for years now some Windows on ARM computers have benefited from Snapdragon chips designed by the manufacturer. But, with Oryon, Qualcomm wants to go further and, perhaps, play on equal terms with Apple Silicon chips (M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M2).

Also Oryon is not a processor strictly speaking, but a type of core that will find its place in future processors. In addition to the Kryo cores that are already found in a large majority of its products, Oryon will add more performance.

Still sparing in detail on this new product, the brand tells us that computers will be the first to benefit from it… but that future generations of Snapdragon chips dedicated to smartphones will also end up adopting it.

The first platform to integrate an Oryon core should arrive next year.

What competition for the Apple M2?

In 2020, Apple threw a real stone into the pond by bringing ARM platforms up to date, that is to say based on a unified platform that integrates the entire computer system. With its M1 chips, then M1 Pro and M1 Max and more recently M2the apple brand has distanced itself from its historic partner Intel.

Delivering stunning performance and even putting it back in the limelight gaming on apple computers, the house’s chips offer the latest Macs a fluidity that Windows ARM computers are still struggling to replicate. The fault, for the most part, of a software ecosystem that does not follow the trend.

If Oryon is as promising as Qualcomm seems to believe, its arrival may allow this “subcategory” of Windows computers to pass the second. Especially since one of the advantages of this type of device is that they can be permanently connected to the Internet thanks to a 4G or 5G modem. Case to follow.

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