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Taking aim at Intel, Qualcomm launches chip for business PCs

Reuters  |  SAN FRANCISCO 

By Stephen Nellis

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc , the biggest supplier of for mobile phones, on Thursday pushed further into the PC market with a line of designed to power business machines.

Qualcomm's "Snapdragon" historically have been at the heart of like Alphabet Inc's Pixel phone and many <005930.KS> devices.

Over the past year, though, adapted its chips to operate PCs running Microsoft Corp's operating system, making those machines start up more quickly and stay connected to the Internet constantly, much like a mobile phone or tablet.

But the chips used in those early PCs were essentially modified versions of the chips it sold for At an event in on Thursday, Qualcomm officials said they have created a new series of chips called the Snapdragon 8cx that will be dedicated to PCs.

The biggest difference is the new Qualcomm chips will support 10 Enterprise, the version of Microsoft's popular that is sold to businesses. Previous Qualcomm chips supported only the consumer versions of Windows, making business customers less likely to purchase computers powered by them.

Qualcomm's move puts it in greater competition with chipmaker Corp , which last year still derived more than half of its $62.8 billion in revenue from and dominates that market. with PCs was so strong that the computer industry referred to them as "Wintel" machines for decades.

Qualcomm and others are also challenging Intel's supremacy in the data centre business. Qualcomm's chips are powered by from Group Corp-controlled Several companies - including's cloud division Amazon Web Services, a major customer - are working to make ARM-based chips suitable for data centres.

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 03:26 IST