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Tech Giant Xiaomi Stops Working on its Custom in-house Chip Project

There were reports that Xiaomi would show off the Surge S2 at MWC 2018 but it never happened

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According to industry insiders, Xiaomi is focusing its attention on other projects which are not as complicated or expensive as developing an application processor. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has pulled the plug on its custom in-house chip project, which was developed by the Pinecone division.

Xiaomi’s first proprietary processor — the Surge S1 — made headlines back in 2017 as it pushed the Chinese handset maker into the elite group of tech companies like Samsung and Huawei that could develop their own processors.

However, after the Surge S1, we didn’t hear much about its chip development progress. The latest information from China suggests that Xiaomi has likely abandoned its chipset project, Gizmo China reported on Thursday.

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Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has pulled the plug on its custom in-house chip project, which was developed by the Pinecone division. Wikimedia Commons

There were reports that Xiaomi would show off the Surge S2 at MWC 2018 but it never happened.

According to industry insiders, Xiaomi is focusing its attention on other projects which are not as complicated or expensive as developing an application processor. Instead of making smartphone processors, the company is looking to develop low power Bluetooth, RF chips, and other peripheral components, the Gizmo China report added.

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Xiaomi’s own Surge S1 was essentially a basic 28nm chip that featured stock ARM hardware — eight Cortex-A53 cores and a quad-core Mali-T860 GPU. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple May Unveil its First ARM-Based Macbook in Year 2021

By switching to ARM-based chipsets and not relying on Intel for processors, Apple could save as much as 40-60 per cent

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Additionally, Apple would start relying upon the USB4 standard that is aimed to unify USB Type-C and Thunderbolt protocols to deliver new computing experiences with faster data transfer speeds. Pixabay

A recent research note from famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that Apple could launch their first ARM-based MacBook in 2021.

Like x86 processors from Intel or AMD, ARM designs are usually associated with mobile devices because of their greater power efficiency, giving products like the iPad long battery life without the need for active cooling.

The analyst believes that by switching to ARM-based chipsets and not relying on Intel for processors, Apple could save as much as 40-60 per cent, reports The Verge.

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The new processors are likely to add more hardware differentiation to the Mac machines over Windows PCs.

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A recent research note from famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that Apple could launch their first ARM-based MacBook in 2021. Pixabay

This would help Apple keep prices down, especially for their lower-end laptop offerings.

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Additionally, Apple would start relying upon the USB4 standard that is aimed to unify USB Type-C and Thunderbolt protocols to deliver new computing experiences with faster data transfer speeds.

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Kuo also mentioned USB4 support on Mac machines in 2022 and the iPhone maker is speculated to partner with ASMedia Technology for this. (IANS)