Chipsets ahoy! What’s with manufacturers coming up with their own systems-on-a-chip lately? Sure, Apple and Samsung have had great prominence in doing it. Huawei also has its own HiSilicon subsidiary that has brought more prestige to the Kirin line recently. LG’s figuring out its own way with Intel. But Sony’s denying rumors it’s doing anything by itself. What’s going on with manufacturers’ factories?
Apparently, tons of money if you’re in China. ZTE just got a ¥2.4 billion ($73.8 million as of this post) infusion from the National IC Industry Investment Fund. The company plans on using that cash to further its ARM-based mobile chip R&D.
Also, Xiaomi has also shaken hands with the number three in the mobile semiconductor industry, Leadcore. The partnership will apparently start yielding ARM-based chipsets on devices as early as next year.
And Lenovo, parent company of Motorola, also has plans to build its own chipsets — you guessed it, ARM-based. If the results prove interesting enough, get ready for some Moto X debauchery.
All this leads us to question what Qualcomm and MediaTek and doing to maintain their footholds in the field.