[News] Xiaomi’s Second Chip Company Founded with a Capital of 3 Billion Yuan

2023-11-02 Consumer Electronics / Semiconductors editor

As reported by Jiwei, Beijing Xuanjie Technology Co., Ltd. has recently been established, and its legal representative is Xuezhong Zeng, who holds the position of Senior Vice President at Xiaomi Corporation. The company has registered capital amounting to 3 billion Yuan and is involved in activities related to IC design services and product sales, among other areas.

This marks the second “Xuanjie Technology” venture within the Xiaomi family. Back in December 2021, Shanghai Xuanjie Technology Co., Ltd. was established, also under the legal representation of Zeng. The company’s scope of operations encompasses technological services in the semiconductor field, integration of information systems, IC design and service related, and product sales. All of these are fully owned by X-Ring Limited.

Xiaomi, alongside OPPO and VIVO, among other Chinese smartphone brands, often find it challenging to independently develop advanced system on a chip (SoC) due to constraints in technical expertise and financial resources. Consequently, their primary focus on developing specialized chips like power management integrated circuits (PMICs) and Image Signal Processor (ISP), based on their collective experience in chip development.

Xiaomi stands out as the sole Chinese brand among these peers, having successfully launched its self-developed SoC in 2017, known as the “Surge S1,” which was integrated into the mid-range Xiaomi 5C. Nevertheless, the Xiaomi 5C fell short of expectations, mainly due to the absence of distinguishing features in the “Surge S1.” Many reviews highlighted subpar real-world performance of Xiaomi phones equipped with the S1 chip.

Subsequently, Xiaomi did not introduce a successor chip. In 2021, they introduced the ISP chip “Surge C1” and the charging chip “Surge P1.” In 2022, they rolled out the PMIC G1, emphasizing its significant potential in enhancing battery health, accurate battery life predictions, and overall smartphone battery performance.

Xiaomi’s President, Weibing Lu, has previously reaffirmed the company’s unwavering commitment to developing in-house chips. They fully acknowledge the long-term and intricate nature of chip development, respect the established development patterns in the industry, and remain prepared for a long-term strategy, all with the ultimate goal of enhancing the competitiveness and user experience of their end products.
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