According to a report by the foreign technology media “wccftech”, Chinese brand mobile phone maker OPPO plans to develop a smartphone mobile processor, which is expected to start production in 2023 using TSMC’s 6nm process and will be available in 2024.
The report quoted Chinese media as saying that OPPO’s IC design subsidiary is currently developing a mobile phone processor (AP, an unnamed mobile processor that will be mass-produced using TSMC’s 6nm process and will enter mass production in 2023). Production stage. The other will come out in 2024. After that, OPPO also plans to launch a successor mobile processor that is more powerful, more energy-efficient, and integrates baseband chips.
The report pointed out that the successor mobile processor is expected to be mass-produced using TSMC’s 4nm process. As for the baseband chips integrated in it, there is currently no information that it comes from manufacturers such as Samsung, Qualcomm or Huawei, or that OPPO intends to develop related solutions on its own. Based on Apple’s bottleneck in developing its own baseband chips, OPPO may rely on products from third-party suppliers.
As for the computing clock conditions of the CPU and GPU, and whether to use customized cores, there is no clear information at present. However, because the first-generation mobile processors developed by OPPO are built on TSMC’s 6nm process technology, OPPO may first use it in non-flagship smartphones. Because of the current state of the art in process technology, it is expected that the performance of this customized mobile processor will not exceed that of competing products that Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung and Google intend to launch in the future.
The report further emphasized that perhaps this first attempt to develop a new mobile processor will leave many improvements to the successor. Therefore, when the second mobile processor with integrated baseband chip is expected to be launched, the process technology has advanced from 6nm to 4nm, which is also the benefit of a series of advanced updates in cooperation with TSMC. But the point is that this customized mobile processor performance must be assumed, and there will be no way to successfully compete with the products offered by Qualcomm and MediaTek in the future. However, after several developments in the future, OPPO may become a potential competitor to manufacturers such as Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung and Google, but this may take several years to achieve.