Huawei, Xiaomi shift to in-house application processors

Huawei, Xiaomi shift to in-house application processors – report

10 AUG 2015

Chinese handset makers Huawei and Xiaomi reportedly will increase the use of in-house built ARM-architecture application processors (APs) in their smartphones.

Huawei’s subsidiary IC designer HiSilicon has improved its technological capability and Xiaomi has acquired licences from China-based Leadcore Technology to develop its own APs, according to a report by DigiTimes.

The shift is expected to impact AP providers such as MediaTek and Qualcomm. Four of the top-5 smartphone vendors — Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and LG, which account for more than 60 per cent of worldwide shipments — already use in-house developed APs or have been aggressively increasing their adoption, which DigiTimes said could “seriously damage” independent ARM-AP suppliers as well as x86-based solution supplier Intel.

While Intel has gained support from Taiwan’s Asus and some China-based smartphone vendors, Intel’s mobile business continues to suffer losses. Over the past year Intel has invested in a number of mainland semiconductor firms – including Spreadtrum and Rockchip — to expand its reach in China.


Joseph Waring

Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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