Xiaomi says it still wants to make its own smartphone chips as Huawei runs low on Kirin processors
- Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun says the company’s chip-designing effort is still ongoing
- Xiaomi introduced its first in-house chipset, Surge S1, in 2017
Few smartphone brands make their own mobile processors, with the majority relying on outside vendors – most notably Qualcomm. But Xiaomi says it hasn’t given up on plans to design its own chips.
“Mi fans can rest assured that the [chip-making] plans are still ongoing,” he posted to Weibo on Sunday. “When there are new developments, we will tell everyone.”
Domestic initiatives to design and manufacture chips have gained urgency in China after the US expanded its sanctions against Huawei in May. Chip makers that use American technology are now required to apply for a license to supply the Chinese giant.
Last week, Huawei’s consumer head Richard Yu said contractors will no longer produce Huawei’s proprietary Kirin chips starting September 15.