Chinese language smartphone producer Oppo has introduced it can redouble its efforts to develop its personal smartphone CPUs.
The transfer is probably going pushed by the necessity to cut back its reliance on main US-based chip maker Qualcomm, because of the ever-escalating tensions between Beijing and Washington.
The corporate first got down to design its personal cellular chips final 12 months, throughout a interval through which the battle between fellow Chinese language agency Huawei and the US was making headlines.
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Oppo has now doubled down on the development project, as shown by an aggressive hiring spree that has seen the firm poach experienced engineers from mobile industry players Mediatek and UNISOC.
The most high-profile new recruit is Jeffery Ju, MediaTek’s former co-COO and former Xiaomi executive, who had also previously worked with Oppo as a consultant. Another executive from from Mediatek’s 5G SoC development segment is also expected to join the firm imminently.
By bringing in fresh talent, Oppo aims to reduce its dependence on suppliers based in the US and improve its penetration of overseas markets, where it has been gaining ground of late.
Figures from analyst firm IDC suggest the company’s European shipments have grown by more than 1000%, in part due to collaborations with partners including Vodafone, Orange and Telefonica.
According to Oppo, the investment in first-party chips is designed to enhance user experience, as well as shore up the company’s long-term position.
However, while the benefits of a chip designed and produced in-house are clear, the process is also expected to carry significant cost and perfecting the design could prove to be a drawn-out affair.