Oppo is allegedly copying the move of Samsung when it comes to smartphone SoCs. This means that the company will soon have its own chipset.
In-house chipsets are currently becoming a trend. This means that more and more manufacturers are creating and producing their own SoCs (System on Chips) for their advanced products. Now, it seems like Oppo plans to join them in their SoC race.
Some rumors claimed that OPPO could be the next smartphone developer to launch its own processor. Over the past few years, Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and Google have launched their own chipsets. Even Xiaomi had launched an in-house processor but did not use it extensively.
New speculations indicate that OPPO is planning to mass-produce its first smartphone chipset in 2023 and could launch it sometime in 2024. It will reportedly be an entry-level processor and used in an affordable smartphone from a giant tech firm.
Developing In-House Chipset?
According to the latest rumors about the in-house chipset movement of Oppo states that its own SoC could be manufactured using TSMC’s 6nm process. However, future chipsets in the lineup could use an integrated modem and a 4nm TSMC fabrication process.
Reports claim that various parts of the chipset design, including front-end and back-end design, IP design, memory system architecture, algorithm, supply chain tape-out, and integration, are done within the company. The new chipset could be quite advanced since Oppo is not really new when it comes to developing SoCs.
Oppo already launched its first smartphone chipset, Mariana MariSilicon X, back in 2021. It is the company’s first multi-purpose chipset that combines NPU (Neural Processing Unit), ISP, and multi-tier memory architecture. It offers advanced camera-centric features like 4K Night Mode video with live preview.
It remains to be seen how competitive Oppo’s upcoming chip would be, but smartphone brands have been trying to reduce their reliance on chipset makers like MediaTek and Qualcomm.
As of the moment, Oppo hasn’t confirmed if it is already working on its new in-house SoC. But, you may hear more details from the giant gadget manufacturer as months or years go by. Right now, the best thing you can do is wait for the company’s official announcement before making any conclusion.
Why In-House SoC is Beneficial?
As of the moment, many gadget makers are already using their in-house SoCs for their smartphones and other devices. These include Apple. Now, why are they really transitioning to making their own SoCs? Experts provided the benefits that a tech maker can have if they develop their own SoCs to power their products.
These include the following:
- Lowering the cost for competitive advantage
- More control over End-User experience
- Higher software optimization
- The customizability of processor cores
- A more integrated ecosystem for all
Since more companies are already transitioning to in-house SoC making, some issues might also arise. Once the majority of these tech firms create their own SoCs instead of relying on chipmakers, the issue with insufficient chipset materials can worsen.