The BBK Electronics subsidiary, Oppo, has announced that it will work with some independent chip makers to produce its own customized processor for it’s Oppo brand smartphones. The Chinese smartphone brand has decided to be prepared for a Huawei like experience where the primary chip supplier of Huawei, TSMC, unexpectedly declined to take new orders of Chip supply to the Chinese smartphone brand due to sanction applied by the US on Huawei.
Currently, the chip makers like Qualcomm, MediaTek and Samsung supply chipsets to Oppo for it’s smartphones. However, the Chinese brand seems to be exploring to build its own backup for chip supply. This will also make the brand stand out with distinct smartphones with customized chipset than the ones available readily.
In a recent interaction, the president of Oppo China business, Liu Bo, revealed that the company wants to be future ready in chip technology and hence, planning to produce custom made chipsets by forging alliances with independent chip makers. The company hasn’t revealed the independent chip makers that it wishes to work with, however, the plan sounds interesting.
Recently, TSMC made a decision to break the ties with Huawei for supplying chipsets to it after the US imposed sanction on the Chinese tech giant. TSMC was the second largest chipset supplier to Huawei, however, it stopped taking any more orders from Huawei due to US-Huawei’s deteriorating relationship. It would definitely be a hit to its own business, however, the company took the bold decision considering the US sanction on Huawei.