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You’ve really got to cast yourself back to a time when no one had iPads to remember that the iPod Video was pretty cool.
Back then, your choices for watching anything on the go were (1) bulky laptops with terrible battery life, (2) those godawful portable DVD players, or (3) the sleek iPod Video (or another competing pocket player).
A small device with decent battery life that let you catch up on shows anywhere. Pretty cool at the time! We very quickly grew to take that sort of thing for granted.
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I have long held that punch hole or notch doesn’t really matter. Either way, whatever intrusion is there is still limiting the true vertical space that’s available on the screen.
That is still the case here, but I at least really like that Apple’s implementation of a punch hole isn’t just crowding more status icons around it. There’s genuinely useful contextual interactions here.
I’ll want to try it in person, but even the saltiest and most jaded of you out there have to concede that this is a novel idea that if implemented well will genuinely be useful.
I don’t think you can presume that an architectural license is cheaper than licensing a standard Arm core wholesale.
Companies don’t make their own custom Arm cores to save money. That is really not the point. Designing custom cores is damned expensive. Apple is building their own because they see better performance as key to their product differentiation. It was not about saving money on licensing costs.
Nuvia’s promise wasn’t to deliver a cheaper core by going custom—it was to deliver a better core.
Furthermore, the article says:
Arm also gave the startup "substantial, crucial, and individualized support" for its work to develop server-grade processors.
So Arm seemed perfectly fine helping Nuvia make that better core… until Qualcomm got involved.
As a general rule, I don’t think Arm cares that much if a customer’s solution uses their off-the-shelf designs or is customized to varying degrees. As long as its "Arm inside", and as long as the terms and conditions (and royalties…) are being respected.
Qulacomm seems to have felt that they were above the rules.
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RISC-V is probably a decade out from truly being relevant. People expecting RISC-V to start displacing ARM (or x86) for high-end application processors on any roadmap need to recalibrate their expectations.
At best you might see them start to pop up as co-processors for specialized use cases (sort of like how Apple was using their Arm chips as co-processors for their Intel laptops years before the M1 came out).
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Apple themselves have been showing up Arm’s base designs for years, to the point where Apple actually drives the forward progress of Arm’s ISA more than Arm itself does. Arm knows others can do better than them, and as far as I can tell doesn’t really have an ego about that. That’s the very reason they offer flexible licensing options.
So I don’t think is about Nuvia "showing up Arm" — per this very article, Arm was working very closely with Nuvia to help them achieve just that!
It seems to me this is entirely bad blood and mistrust between Qualcomm and Arm.
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This is absolutely fascinating from so many angles.
When Qualcomm acquired Nuvia—a company led by former Apple engineers—I figured any lawsuits would be coming from Cupertino. I didn’t expect Arm itself to start suing.You would think that Qualcomm would have cleared all of this up ahead of the acquisition.
The other side of this speaks to just how pissed off Arm must be. One might think Arm should be rooting for Qualcomm to succeed with Nuvia here. Even if Nuvia is technically making a competing design, they’re still paying Arm for the right to do it. And anything that increases the health of the Arm ecosystem overall is still good for Arm!
Nuvia releasing high quality chips that compete favorably with x86 in server and consumer spaces at the end of the day should be a "tide that lifts all boats" for Arm. For them to sue like this, they must be downright furious about how Qualcomm has handled all this.
Not sure if this is just part of a negotiating tactic to extract more royalty from Qualcomm, or if this is legit scorched earth. Arm demanding that Qualcomm straight up shelve Nuvia’s work is a drastic remedy.