When Hugo Barra spoke with Bloomberg's Emily Chang last month he strongly hinted that Xiaomi would be selling smartphones in the U.S. within 18-24 months. He noted that they were lining up the right licenses required and building a patent war chest for their entry into the U.S. The next big move for Xiaomi is to custom design ARM chips like Apple, according to a new report.
The report notes that Xiaomi is engaged in the development of mobile processors based on the ARM chip architecture, and is expected to have their first in-house developed chips for handsets in early 2016. Xiaomi has obtained the right to gain access to ARM processor technology.
ARM disclosed recently that it has signed a new subscription licence with a major Chinese OEM which would underpin its future royalty revenue growth. Xiaomi has now been identified as ARM's new OEM partner.
Further, Xiaomi already reached a deal with Shanghai's Leadcore Technology allowing the phone maker to get access to the chip designer's technology patents. An EE Times report published in May quoted a Leadcore executive as saying that "Xiaomi wants its own custom-designed processors to differentiate its products and control its destiny." Leadcore is working with China's fastest growing smartphone company on product, technology and patent, the EE Times report said.
Up until now, Qualcomm's and MediaTek's solutions have been mainly used by Xiaomi and other Android phone makers.
The move is to advance their smartphones ahead of their entry into the U.S. to be in a better position to take on Apple.
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