While in the market of smartphone chips for 5G devices, Qualcomm and MediaTek are leading chip suppliers, & their SoCs are actively purchased by various smartphone manufacturers. But Chinese smartphone manufacturers themselves are not unwilling to develop their own mobile SoCs in order to reduce the cost of manufacture.

Last year, there was a lot of discussion and buzz on the internet that Oppo is trying to developing its in-house processors and is investing a decent amount of money to eventually get it. Xiaomi initiated an application to begin offering "Pinecone" branded the "Surge S1" chipsets back in 2017, but things did not go beyond the announcement of this one SoC. Nonetheless, this year Xiaomi has affirmed that it (Xiaomi) will not abandon developing its in-house processors and is actively investing in the semiconductor industry.


And now a DigiTimes report has claimed that smartphone makers from China like Oppo and Xiaomi are almost one step away from creating their own 5G chips. Moreover, the report also comes amid a major global chip shortage that has affected several industries across the globe. This has even made firms struggle to provide semiconductors for their products. Notably, NOR flash chip producers said that more of their customers are now willing to get into long-term supply contracts as well.

Furthermore, the demand from MCU customers is also great in the backend firms. For those who uninformed, Oppo and Xiaomi are anticipated to premiere  their in-house sub-6GHz 5G chipsets should take place at the end of 2021 or already at the beginning of 2022. This would have both brands join the ranks of other fabless chip producers (companys that design their own chips but contract production to other companies).

 There is a premise that chipmaker UNISOC helps firms build processors. Regarding the weight of the firm and its achievement in the field of producing processors; it is may not be the most successful partner.

But this decision can be defined by the fact that Unisoc is a Chinese chip manufacturer. And now the aim is to get the semiconductor industry in China to a new height. The Chinese are investing huge sums of funds to start mass-producing microcircuit, flash memory, the chipset in their own country.

 But do not assume that Xiaomi and Oppo will quickly be able to release smartphones with their in-house developed chips. Their production is a difficult and costly process, both in terms of money and time. They will not be able to make smartphones without Qualcomm and MediaTek chips for a long time.

It is worth noticing that earlier this year, the head of Oppo has confirmed the brand’s pledge to making in-house chips. In addition, he stated that they will start working with key vendors to develop in-house processors for smartphones.

Remember that recently, Oppo has notably stepped up to bring employees capable of setting up the development & designing of processors. It is acknowledged that former workers of MediaTek will be at the wheel of the project, and UNISOC engineers will be the “brain”. In addition, Oppo is scoring on the fact that it will be able to attract experts from HiSilicon and Qualcomm into its ranks.

Via : DigiTimes

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