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Oppo will develop its own smartphone chips: Report

Smartphone brand Oppo is developing high-end mobile chips for its premium handsets to reduce its reliance on foreign semiconductor supplier Qualcomm MediaTek to gain control of core components.

The world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker by shipments is planning to use its mobile system-on-a-chip (SoC) in phones in 2023 or 2024, according to a report by Nikkei Asia.

Oppo thus joins a race of smartphone makers including Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, who are developing their own processors.

Tech giant Google on Tuesday launched its first smartphone Pixel 6 in the market using its Tenor Mobile processor.

Developing key chips in-house could also enhance supply chain control, potentially reducing widespread shortage disruption, the report said.

Sources said that Oppo is looking to use the 3-nanometer chip production technology offered by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TMSC), the world’s largest contract chip maker.

Sources said this is a sign of Oppo’s commitment to develop high-end mobile chips capable of competing with the world’s top semiconductor developers.

The in-house designed processors have become the hallmark of the world’s leading smartphone brands.

Apple started putting its A-series mobile processors on the iPhone a decade ago. Huawei Technologies, once the world’s largest smartphone maker, made a mark with its Kirin processors, before US dominance over the company derailed its electronics business.

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