In one of the few in-person press conferences held during CES 2022, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon told a crowd of journalists and analysts that Arm-based PCs are here to stay and that his company will use its expertise in telecommunications to grow its offerings around augmented reality, virtual reality and automotive technology.
On Arm PCs, Amon told the crowd that “there was a lot of skepticism about the transition of the PC to Arm.”
“But it’s happening,” Amon said. “It’s inevitable.”
As for his company’s investments in augmented reality—including an expanded partnership with Microsoft around AR glasses—and car technology with new partnerships with Volvo, Honda and Renault, Amon said the company’s moves fit a strategy to reach a $700 billion market in the next decade in what he calls “the connected intelligent edge.”
“It’s an exciting time for Qualcomm,” Amon said. “And we are becoming the partner of choice at the edge for digital transformation.”
Arm-based CPUs continue to take share from x86 CPUs by some estimates. Mercury Research estimated that Arm-based CPUs grew to roughly 8 percent of the overall PC CPU market in the third quarter, up from approximately 7 percent in the previous quarter and significantly higher than the less than 2 percent share in the same period last year.
Here’s more of what the CEO had to say on Qualcomm and its future.