Oppo unveils first self-designed chipset with high imaging performance

Chinese consumer electronics major, Oppo has unveiled its first self-built chipset during the annual innovation event organized in Shenzhen.

Dubbed as the MariSilicon X chip, the chip is a neural processing unit that targets amplification of photo and video performance with the help of machine learning.

With the first in-house development, Oppo now ranks among other smartphone manufacturers with capabilities to design their own chips.

Apparently, the MariSilicon project started not long ago in 2019 under the leadership of Qualcomm veteran Jiang Bo.

A notable contributor, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is leveraging its 6-nanometer process technology to manufacture silicon which will be used in Oppo’s forthcoming flagship handset during the first quarter of 2022.

According to Jiang Bo, Senior Director of Oppo, current global chip shortage will have no impact on MariSilicon X production.

Reportedly, Oppo added its third-generation self-developed smart glasses based on assisted reality instead of augmented reality to the list of newly launched innovative products.

Further, the smartphone giant launched its first foldable phone Find N, one year after Oppo revealed its concept scrolling phone.

Find N has been in works since 2018 and is based on six generations of iteration. Among the many features of the product is its scalable size which imitates an iPhone 12 mini when folded and when opened provides a practical landscape, eliminating the need to rotate the device when watching a video.

Holding a unique identity in the rather competitive marketplace, the product features Samsung’s display technology with creaseless inner fold at $1,200 in China unlike its competitor’s offerings such as Huawei’s $2,500 product.

Pete Lau, Co-founder of OnePlus and chief product officer of Oppo, is leading the development of Find N. Lau worked at Oppo’s blu-ray division before the company made OnePlus its subbrand.

Speculations have it that the two brands had already shared a supply chain before the official merger but were simply operating independently.

Meanwhile, the merger combined the operational as well as R&D forces of the two smartphone markers even though the brands remain separate.

Source Credits: https://techcrunch.com/2021/12/14/oppos-first-self-developed-chip-is-all-about-imaging-performance/