According to the latest reports from Taiwan, smartphone manufacturers Xiaomi and Oppo are working on their own custom 5G chips and could be ready by the end of 2021.
Unisoc, a Shanghai-based chipset company, is also working on SoC with support for next-gen connectivity.
After Huawei’s troubles where its supply of Kirin chips was cut Xiaomi and Oppo likely want to diversify their supply.
This isn’t the first Xiaomi in-house chipset either. Back in 2017, the maker revealed the Surge S1 chip, built on the 28nm process and powering the Xiaomi Mi 5c smartphone.
Since then, we haven’t seen much from the chip division until the arrival of the Surge C1 – a dedicated ISP for the Mi Mix Fold camera. Hopefully, this means the Pinecone division is back to life and Xiaomi could follow Samsung, Huawei, and Apple in designing its own platforms.