Smartphone manufacturers frequently launch their proprietary chips to save expenses and enhance their control over their devices’ processing and computational frameworks. Oppo, for instance, has its self-developed NPU, known as MariSilicon X, and a connectivity chip named MariSilicon Y, but they still do not have a complete SoC (system-on-a-chip).
As per a Mediatek representative who spoke at a foreign investment conference in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Oppo requires a genuine chipset to compete effectively in the market. Nonetheless, an undisclosed source disclosed that the Guangdong-based manufacturer has already finalized their chip design, and it is scheduled to be released in 2024.
The location of the conference in Hsinchu is not a random occurrence – this northwestern Taiwanese city is the headquarters of TSMC, and there is a possibility that the manufacturer might collaborate with Oppo, although nothing is confirmed.
Earlier reports disclosed that Oppo has already injected over CNY 10 billion (equivalent to around $1.4 billion) into its IC design research and development units located in various parts of China, such as Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai.