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Snapdragon may take Intel and AMD’s market shares for both Windows and Linux

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Qualcomm has been in the middle of a lot of news lately. The company’s Snapdragon X Plus and Elite processors are designed for Windows on Arm and are at the heart of the recently unveiled Copilot+ AI computers.

Those looking forward to AMD and Intel Copilot+ PCs can breathe a sigh of relief, as such devices will also be powered by Ryzen AI 300 and Lunar Lake processors, with the latter having Windows-specific optimizations.

While Snapdragon X’s main focus seems to be around Windows PCs, the same can be said for Linux as well. A company called Tuxedo is working on a Linux notebook powered by Qualcomm’s chipset. Here’s a prototype of it that was shown at Computex 2024 this year:

In a blog post, Tuxedo writes:

We know many of you are eagerly awaiting an alternative to x86 notebooks. The new Snapdragon architecture enables this for the first time for Linux with similar performance and lower energy requirements.

An arm is already waiting to take away 50% market share. From x86 on the Windows side it could be a double whammy although the impact should be much less.

In terms of where Snapdragon X currently stands when it comes to Linux support, Tuxedo points to a Qualcomm blog post where the latter listed all the features that work on Linux kernel versions 6.8, 6.9, 6.10 and 6.11. A summary is also provided, but you can find the full feature list here Here:

… Our roadmap for the next six months includes work in the following areas:

  • End-to-end hardware video decoding in Firefox and Chrome
  • The libcamera-SoftISP camera solution application
  • GPU and CPU performance optimizations
  • Power consumption optimizations (suspension/DCVS)
  • Making our firmware openly available (on Linux firmware)
  • Access to easy installers (Ubuntu and Debian)

In terms of a release time frame, Tuxedo says it’s still to be decided that it could be as early as the end of the year around Christmas, but the company itself isn’t sure about that:

It’s entirely conceivable that an ARM notebook from TUXEDO will be under your Christmas tree in 2024. However, there are still too many pieces missing from the hardware, software and deliverability puzzle to even begin to set a release date. TUXEDO for ARM is coming, but we don’t know exactly when yet.

Therefore, the devices should land after we already have Snapdragon X Windows PCs. You can learn more about it Here On Tuxedo’s official blog.

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