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Oppo may be developing its own smartphone silicon

OPPO may be developing its own smartphone SoC. (Image: OPPO logo w/ edits)
OPPO may be developing its own smartphone SoC. (Image: OPPO logo w/ edits)
OPPO, the world's fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer, is set to jump on the custom silicon bandwagon. According to Nikkei, OPPO will use TSMC's 3 nm process to develop custom SoCs for use in its 2023 or 2024 flagship.

The recent announcement of Google’s shift to custom silicon with the Pixel 6 marks another major player in the smartphone world developing its own chips, but another smartphone manufacturer may be looking to build its own SoCs.

According to Nikkei, OPPO is turning in-house to develop its own smartphone processors. The company hopes to equip its 2023 or 2024 flagships with custom silicon. OPPO is shifting to custom-made chips to compete with other high-end smartphones without relying on external sources like Qualcomm or MediaTek.

Citing two sources familiar with the matter, Nikkei said that OPPO will use Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) 3 nm process for the processors. If the sources are to be believed, this would make OPPO one of the few tech companies in the order chips on this process. Considering that OPPO is the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, this isn’t too surprising.

Several companies rely on in-house designs for the chips used in their devices. Apple has used custom A-series SoCs in the iPhone since the A4 debuted in the original iPad and iPhone 4 in 2010. Samsung has used Exynos processors, which it designs and manufactures, in several of its smartphones for years. Huawei and Google also design their own silicon.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2021-10-20 (Update: 2021-10-20)