It will join Apple, Samsung, and Huawei for having in-house SoCs
As part of its efforts to be less dependent on chip manufacturers like Qualcomm and MediaTek, OPPO announced that it is working on its own in-house processor, joining the likes of Huawei, Samsung, and Apple.
According to a report by 36kr, the project, which is called “Mariana Plan”, is a separate project from OPPO and is headed by Senior Director of Product Planning Jiang Bo. While the project has started last year, it is only recently that OPPO has informed its employees about it.
The project will involve making “top-level” in-house chips that include a better chip for power management to support future iterations of VOOC Flash Charging and an M1 co-processor that is rumored to debut on the Find X2 Pro. Aside from OPPO, OnePlus and Realme—both belonging to BBK electronics like OPPO—will be participating in the project as well.
Prior to the reveal of “Mariana Plan”, OPPO Founder and CEO Tony Chen revealed during OPPO Inno Day 2019 in Shenzhen, China that the company has invested around $7 billion in research and development for the next three years.