HONOR May Start Making Its Own Chips

With Oppo out of the way, Honor can absorb what’s left of their chipset division for their own gain.

HONOR Store in SM City Marilao

Oppo had just laid off around 3000 employees in its chipset-making division and has announced that, due to economic uncertainties, they will halt production of MariSilicon chips. These are the chips responsible for making the Find X6 Pro’s cameras top-notch.

With that in mind, other companies are taking advantage of this situation. One of them is Honor. HONOR has just got a foothold in China and globally right after it split from its former parent company, Huawei.

According to an article by South China Morning Post, the company created a chip-making division under the name Shanghai Honor Intelligent Technology Development Co on Wednesday, March 31st inside the Linguang Free Trade Zone in Shanghai with a raised capital of CNY 100 million (~USD 14 million).

According to the company, this move was done to further bolster the company’s AI-related technologies such as those for audio, display, performance, and photography. Its scope of business focuses primarily on chip designs. It will also become one of the main R&D Centres for Honor.

Honor CEO Zhao Ming reaffirmed that this new business will be formulated according to consumer needs.

“We will neither be blindly optimistic nor overly modest,” Zhao said. “The choice of whether to pursue in-house development or rely on outside partners would be decided by product requirements,” he added.

One of its first products, the Honor C1, was showcased last March. This chip is designed to strengthen 5G signals on smartphones. Zhao noted that to make the best results, the company needs to partner up with established fabrication companies such as MediaTek and Qualcomm.

Source: South China Morning Post