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Companies Xiaomi and Unisoc claim to have released 4nm mobile processors

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun24,2024

Xiaomi and Unisoc claim to have released 4nm mobile processors

Chinese smartphone giants Xiaomi and Unisoc are reportedly making moves to develop their own 4nm mobile processors, potentially reducing reliance on foreign chipmakers such as Qualcomm and MediaTek. The news comes as China pushes for greater self-sufficiency in its semiconductor industry, backed by strong government support.

According to the Liberty Times and Commercial Times, both Xiaomi and Unisoc have successfully completed the process of “removing the tape”; for its internal 4nm chips. This marks an important milestone in the development cycle when the design is finalized and sent to the foundry for fabrication. However, reports specify that these chips use foreign intellectual property (IP) cores from ARM and IMG.

Xiaomi has emerged as a major force in smartphone manufacturing, ranking third globally behind Apple and Samsung in the first quarter of 2024 . Their ambitions extend beyond phones, and a competitive 4nm chip to rival Huawei's Kirin 9000s is rumored to potentially launch later this year.

The Kirin chip is based on a 7nm process from SMIC, another major Chinese chip maker. Xiaomi's previous collaboration with Qualcomm will contribute to its long-term success in the chip development arena.

On the other hand, Unisoc, a Shanghai-based fabless chip developer specializing in mobile communication and connectivity technologies, is also reported to support 4nm . It is said that their chip has already completed the stage of production on film and has achieved performance comparable to Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

However, analysts warn that the widespread adoption of domestic 4nm SoCs in Chinese smartphones may not happen before 2026. Currently, well-known players such as MediaTek and Qualcomm dominate the Chinese market.

This progress could be a turning point for China's semiconductor industry. Led by Huawei, and now with Xiaomi and Unisoc also entering the arena, domestic chip makers are poised to potentially challenge international competition. This shift could reduce China's dependence on foreign technology and promote innovation and competition globally in the semiconductor sector.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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