Qualcomm has been making PC chipsets since last year, but its attempts so far to reuse designs from its phone products have been whimsical. Now, a reliable source familiar with the matter says that the company is finally taking the project seriously and is going to deliver the beast desktop CPU. The report says we’ll see it in 2024, and it’s been dubbed “Hamoa,” which will help keep track of future releases of the chip.
The Hamoa chip will have 12 CPU cores in an 8+4 configuration. The larger cluster consists of eight performance cores and is made up of four cluster energy-efficient cores. The chip also supports discrete GPUs.
Reportedly, Qualcomm will use the Nuvia Phoenix Core design, developed by former Apple engineers who worked on current ARM-based Apple chips. Qualcomm acquired Nuvia’s startup some time ago, so it’s no surprise that the company uses the new architecture, which in turn increases performance by 50 to 100% with a 5-watt core. That of course depends on the numbers at the back in 2020.
Either way, the report suggests that performance is “extremely promising” so we could finally see a proper ARM-based Windows experience in the next couple of years.