Saturday, 10 April 2021

Xiaomi and Oppo Preparing an in-house 5G chips;to release by end of 2021

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In coming times Qualcomm and MediaTek could see new competitors, as Xiaomi and Oppo reportedly are working on sub-6GHz 5G chipset.

As per the reports by online portal Digitimes, the two Chinese companies are planning to unveil their in-house sub-6GHz chips from late 2021 to early 2022. Once this has happened; Xiaomi and Oppo will emerge as a competitor to Qualcomm and MediaTek--who are currently the major mobile chip manufacturers worldwide.

Further, the reports reveal that Unisoc is also set to compete with its in-house 5G chip along with Oppo and Xiaomi. Digitimes has backed this report, on the latest 5G chip developments, by quoting Taiwanese industry sources. However, there is not much revelation in relation to customs chips by Oppo, Xiaomi, and Unisoc, but with the timeline being close we could actually have 5G chips from Oppo and Xiaomi. Definitely,  this move by these companies will make them less dependent on current chip makers like MediaTek and Qualcomm.

This report was released just after Xiaomi teased its fresh chip before the MI 11 Ultra launch. The teased chip was not a mobile processor but an imagining processor built in-house; this was originally created in 2017 and made its first appearance in an in-house chipset- Surge S1. The Surge S1 has eight Cortex-A53 processing cores; out of eight- four clocked at 2.2GHz and the other four at 1.4GHz. The Surge S1 uses a quad-core Mali-T860 for graphics.

Oppo and Xiaomi making moves to have their own 5G could also act as a guard against the situation which Huawei faced due to the US restrictions. Huawei was compelled to cease developing its customs Kirin chipset which came from TSMC due to the imposed restrictions imposed by the US. This information also came amidst China pushing its semiconductor development, in order to become less dependent on other companies.

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