Canonical Collaborates with Qualcomm on New Venture

Apr 10, 2024

This new joint effort is geared toward bringing Ubuntu and Ubuntu Core to Qualcomm-powered devices.

To widen Ubuntu's market, Canonical (the maker of Ubuntu) has partnered with Qualcomm to create optimized versions of both Ubuntu and Ubuntu Core for Qualcomm CPUs.

The primary focus will be on Ubuntu Core, which is an ideal platform for embedded devices but it doesn't leave out the idea of Ubuntu finally working on laptops powered by Qualcomm CPUs.

This joint effort comes at the perfect time, with the soon-to-be-released Snapdragon X Elite CPU (with 12 Oryon cores and up to 3.8 GHz speeds and a 4.3 GHz turbo).

According to Nano Review, the Snapdragon X Elite can easily hang with Intel's Core i9 13900H CPU but blows it out of the water on power efficiency. In that comparison, both CPUs received a 74 rating.

Should the two companies come together to make Ubuntu viable for the Snapdragon X Elite, it could be a real game-changer for Linux on laptops.

According to Canonical's official announcement, the heart of this venture is security and AI. Because of the considerable challenges (brought about by cybersecurity regulations and the need for developers to easily adopt the platforms), Canonical saw those devices needed to remain performant.

To that, the company states, "To help meet these challenges, Qualcomm Technologies chose to partner with Canonical to create an optimised Ubuntu for Qualcomm IoT chipsets, giving developers an easy path to create safe, compliant, security-focused, and high-performing applications for multiple industries including industrial, robotics and edge automation."

Dev Singh, Vice President, Business Development and Head of Building, Enterprise & Industrial Automation, at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said of the joint venture, “The combination of Qualcomm Technologies’ processors with the popularity of Ubuntu among AI and IoT developers is a game changer for the industry."

Read the official press release for more information.


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