Former Apple, Google hardware engineers create processor startup

November 19, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Former Apple, Google hardware engineers create processor startup
Nuvia, a processor startup founded early in 2019, has announced it has raised $53 million in a Series A round of funding.

The money comes from Capricorn Investment Group, Dell Technologies Capital, Mayfield and WRVI Capital, with additional participation from Nepenthe LLC.

The company founders have moved from key positions at Apple and Google and have held numerous engineering leadership roles at Google, Apple, ARM, Broadcom and AMD.

Gerard Williams is the CEO of Nuvia. Prior to co-founding Nuvia, he was Apple's chief CPU architect for nearly a decade. Before joining Apple, Williams spent 10 years at ARM as an ARM Fellow and advised numerous ARM customers on CPU development. Williams began his career at Intel and Texas Instruments.

Senior vice president of engineering Manu Gulati was previously lead SoC architect for consumer hardware at Google. Before joining Google, Gulati spent eight years at Apple as the lead SoC architect and before joining Apple, was with Broadcom. He started his career at AMD and 8x8.

The third co-founder is John Bruno, senior vice president of engineering. Prior to co-founding Nuvia, he was a system architect at Google working on SoC definition and performance and power analysis. Before joining Google, Bruno spent five years at Apple. He started his career at ATI Technologies and joined AMD when ATI was acquired.

The company has not yet said much about what it is trying to achieve but the open positions advertised on its website include a "CPU performance architect", a "CPU physical design engineer" and a "CPU design verification engineer"

There are also numerous SoC-related positions open and the job descriptions indicate that the company is working on high performance, low power CPUs and SoCs.

"The timing couldn’t be better to create a new model for high-performance silicon design with the support of a world-class group of investors," said Williams, in a statement.


"We are witnessing a renaissance of silicon, as with the end of Moore’s Law, new semiconductors are required for a cloud-native, data-dominated, AI-powered IoT world," said Navin Chaddha, managing director of Mayfield, in the same statement.

Related links and articles:

www.nuviainc.com

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