You may never have heard of Gerard Williams III, but for years he played a large part in designing every iPhone processor. He left Apple early this year, and is now the CEO of Nuvia, a firm headed by three ex Apple execs that’s designing its own chips.
But they aren’t taking on their old company.
Instead, Nuvia will make processors for data centers.
“The world is creating more data than it can process as we become increasingly dependent on high-speed information access, always-on rich media experiences and ubiquitous connectivity,” said Williams. “A step-function increase in compute performance and power efficiency is needed to feed these growing user needs. 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.”
Nuvia headed by a trio of former Apple execs
Williams, who is now CEO and President of Nuvia, according to his LinkedIn Profile, joined Apple in 2010. Before leaving in February, he held the title Senior Director in Platform Architecture, and was chief architect for all its CPU and SOC development. He lead the sign work for the Apple A7, A8, A9, A10, A11 and A12 processors.
He’s joined at Nuvia by John Bruno, who was a system architect at Apple for 5 years, leaving in 2017 to jump to Google. Bruno is the new company’s SVP of System Engineering.
The SVP of Engineering at Nuvia is Manu Gulati, who worked at Apple as a SOC Micro-Architect for almost 8 years, before also moving briefly to Google.
Their chip-design company just received $53 million of Series A funding from prominent Silicon Valley investors Capricorn Investment Group, Dell Technologies Capital, Mayfield and WRVI Capital.