Apple has Dropped their Breach of Contract Lawsuit against their former chip mastermind Gerard Williams III who started NUVIA
Apple's A-Chip mastermind Gerard Williams III had left Apple in March 2019 to start a new company called NUVIA. In December 2019 we reported that Apple had Sued Williams for Breach of Contract relating to an IP Agreement to not Compete with Apple in August 2019." "Apple said in its complaint in state court in San Jose that criticism of the company in text messages by Williams signaled he was encouraging Apple co-workers to depart the company and join Nuvia. Apple also said that Williams 'planned and developed' Nuvia while still employed at Apple and used his knowledge during his tenure of almost a decade at the iPhone maker to develop technologies that would later be used at Nuvia.
We're learning today that Apple Inc. has dropped its lawsuit against the former chip executive. Apple’s request to dismiss the case was filed this week in state court in San Jose, California. The filing doesn’t explain why the suit was dropped.
Williams had failed to persuade a judge to dismiss Apple’s complaint accusing him of using company resources to create an idea for Nuvia in violation of a contract. Source.
In January 2021 Patently Apple posted a report regarding Qualcomm having acquired NUVIA for $1.4 billion with plans to put the firms technology into future smartphones, PCs infotainment systems and driver-assistance systems among other applications. Qualcomm branded the chip NUVIA's team is working on as Oryon.
While Qualcomm's CEO Cristiano Amon jumped the gun by initially stating that their new chip designed to challenge Apple's M1 processor would debut at the end of 2022. Many were hoping that Oryon would at least debut in PCs by the end of 2023, but that's not likely to happen.
Qualcomm's CEO is on record stating that there could be some news about their ARM-based CPU for PC's in H2-2023 but that actual systems wouldn't be seen until CES2024. Actual delivery dates for these new PC systems is of course unknown at this time.
Qualcomm's CEO told Joanna Stern in an interview that we should think of their next-gen chip as an Apple compete for the Microsoft ecosystem.