Oppo, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has confirmed that its subsidiary, Zeku, which is based in Shanghai, will be closed down.
The decision was made due to the uncertain state of the global economy and the smartphone industry. Zeku was responsible for designing the MariSilicon series of chips, which included the MariSilicon X ISP and the MariSilicon Y audio chip. Despite being known for its high-quality chip designs, the company’s closure has become necessary due to the current situation.
In 2019, Oppo made a foray into the world of chip-making, and since then, it has been working on the development of co-processors, ISPs, modems, power management, and audio chips.
According to rumors, Oppo reportedly invested more than $1.4 billion in its chipset development business. The company’s decision to venture into chip design was fueled by a desire to reduce its reliance on other chip manufacturers and to have greater control over the production process. However, it remains to be seen how successful Oppo’s investment in chip-making will prove to be in the long run.
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