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Report: OPPO announces development plan to build an in-house SoC

In November 2019, a patent showed that OPPO is working on its own mobile chip, the M1. Today, citing an internal newsletter, a report from 36Kr revealed that the company has announced its development plan to build an in-house System on a Chip (SoC).
Report: OPPO announces development plant to build an in-house SoC
File photo: OPPO Reno 10x Zoom

To reduce reliance from other chipmakers, customize/optimize the processor

If successful, this move will reduce OPPO's dependence on other chipmakers like MediaTek and Qualcomm. It'll also join Huawei, Samsung, and Apple that have their own homegrown chips.

The strategy is dubbed as the "Marianas Plan" in reference to Marianas Trench, the deepest in the world. It hints at the difficulties of making a top-level chip.

The plan started earlier last year supported by Chen Yan, the head of OPPO's TMG Technical Committee and former Qualcomm technical director. 36Kr reported that experts from realme and OnePlus will be involved in the project as well.

As OPPO continues its global push, the company will invest in areas like 5G for sustainable development, together with industrial chain partners, OPPO said in response to this matter. It added that the firm is now focusing on high-quality products as its core strategy.
Currently, OPPO is the world's 5th biggest mobile brand. The company is investing up to CNY 50 billion (PHP 361.5 billion) in research and development in the next 3 years to enhance core technologies like self-developed SoCs.

There's no word yet when will OPPO officially announces the chips. Also, it is still unknown if OPPO will make this chip available outside of OPPO phones like Samsung.

Could OPPO make their own 5G-ready chips? Let's see!

Source: KrASIA
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