08 June 2020
It was earlier this year when we first heard about Oppo's plans to start developing and manufacturing its own processors. A new report from Nikkei Asian Review claims that Oppo has now accelerated its plans significantly. It mentions that the company is now busy hiring top talents from its own suppliers that will help it bring the project to a reality.
Many of its recent recruitments related to the project have come from MediaTek. Oppo is said to be building an experienced team which is the reason it is hiring people with substantial experience in the field. It has even hired a few people that used to work for UNISOC, China's third-largest chipmaker.
The report quotes a source as saying,
"Oppo has been aggressively recruiting chip talent since last year as they realized that owning the chip design capability will give it more control over its supply chain. Developing chips, however, could mean burning a lot of money, and even if they have hired a group of experienced professionals, such efforts take years to mature."
The reason behind Oppo being so active about its own chipset plans is to reduce its dependency on U.S.-based companies. Everyone in the tech industry is aware of the situation Huawei has found itself in. Apart from hiring talents from other players, a previous report mentioned that Oppo is also taking help from OnePlus and Realme. It means if this is the case, it would not be surprising to see those two players utilizing Oppo chipsets in their future phones.