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Xiaomi provides up on making smartphone processors

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Xiaomi has reportedly deserted its work on creating customized chips for its units.

The firm did unveil the Surge S1 chipset again in 2017 and there was even talks of a Surge S2 SoC getting introduced at MWC 2018, however that by no means occurred.

Xiaomi is now focusing efforts in making low-power Bluetooth and different RF chips together with peripheral elements.

After engaged on it for greater than three years, Xiaomi has reportedly deserted its work on creating customized chips for its units. The firm did unveil the Surge S1 chipset again in 2017 and there have been talks of a Surge S2 SoC getting introduced at MWC 2018, however that by no means occurred. There have been even talks of working closely with TSMC to develop and manufacture chips however nothing a lot got here out of that.

Now, it appears Xiaomi has given up on its plans on making customized SoCs to energy smartphones like Samsung and Huawei. In 2019, Xiaomi did spin off the chipset division from making smartphone chips to creating AI {hardware} for IoT units.

In 2020, it’s par for one more course correction. According to a report by Gizmochina citing an trade insider, Xiaomi is now focusing efforts in making low-power Bluetooth and different RF chips together with peripheral elements. The goal is to keep up a aggressive BOM price and keep worthwhile. The insider famous that that is completely different from Huawei’s technique of focusing closely on its chipsets enterprise.

In the previous few years, Xiaomi has invested closely in a number of chipset firms. It acquired stakes in Hypower Electronics, a fast-charging chip maker whereas earlier this yr, the corporate made investments in two extra chipset producers together with a chip design agency, Verisilicon.

The solely smartphone chip that got here out because of Xiaomi’s efforts is the Surge S1. The chipset didn’t obtain an excellent response. It was a primary 28nm SoC with off-the-shelf ARM cores together with eight Cortex A53 cores and a quad-core Mali-T860 GPU. The Mi 5c was the only smartphone to be powered by the chipset. There have been rumours that the Mi 6c will likely be launched that includes the Surge S2 chip, however that by no means transpired. Now by the seems of it, we might by no means once more see a customized smartphone SoC made by Xiaomi.