Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is accelerating its efforts to design its own mobile chips.
The company began considering chip development in 2019 when Huawei was hit in May with the Commerce Department’s ban.
Now, the company is putting a greater focus on developing its own chips after recent sanctions have cut TSMC’s chip supply to Huawei.
With increasing trade tensions between the US and China, several companies that may be affected by the crossfire have started taking precautionary measures.
The loss of TSMC as a provider by Huawei and the loss of Google support are clear examples of what the US he is able to enforce against those whom he considers a threat.
Therefore, Oppo has decided to invest heavily in chips to reduce its dependence on other vendors and to become stronger outside of China, where Huawei is reducing its sales.
However, it could take years for Oppo to develop its own chips. According to industry sources, the Chinese tech giant is already hiring top executives from its chip providers MediaTek and UNISOC, which is China’s second-largest mobile chip developer. Through this agreement, Oppo aims to create an experienced chip team in Shanghai.