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Lenovo invests nearly US$50 million into its chip-design ambitions

A first-gen Lenovo processor. (Source: Lenovo)
A first-gen Lenovo processor. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo has become the latest PC company with the resources to pair the future of its hardware with first-party chipsets. Its new subsidiary for the purpose has received an injection of hundreds of millions of RMB in capital, and now lists the development of proprietary integrated circuits among its functions.

A new company called Dingdao Zhixin has been registered as a business entity in Shanghai, China as of January 26, 2022. According to its new listings, it will concern itself with PC hardware, software and some retail equipment - not to mention the sale and design of integrated circuits.

The establishment of a new firm in this sector would be interesting enough, and gets even more so in the wake of reports that this company is in fact wholly owned by Lenovo China. Therefore, this subsidiary might be an early sign that this OEM has ambitions of matching other companies like Apple with its M-series of in-house processors.

Lenovo has in truth started to design its own silicon to some extent: the recently-launched Yoga Pro 14s Carbon 2022 has debuted the first-gen LA 2 "smart controller", rated to integrate various sensors and to boost encryption on the ultrabook. Now, it seems this co-processor will gain successors soon through their maker's new investment, reportedly worth 300 million yuan (~US$47 million) to date.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-01-27 (Update: 2022-01-28)