Samsung Electronics and HiSilicon Technologies have pace up their handset solutions development, according to a source. This includes the development of 8-core, 64-bit and 4G LTE enabled chips. Both companies are looking to sell more of their chips to other vendors.
LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications and HTC currently cover up 90% of their demand for handset solutions from Qualcomm. Also, Xiaomi Technology, ZTE, TCL, Coolpad, Lenovo and other Chinese vendors purchase large order of their chipsets from MediaTek and Qualcomm.
Handset vendors, for controlling production risk and product differentiation, are on the look for more chipset supplying companies so they can have more options while placing their order. This look for competitive chips offers have made it clear that these companies are not against buying chips from HiSilicon and Samsung, according to sources.
Samsung has increased the production of its Exynos family products. We have seen this already with the expansion of 6- and 8-core processors and Exynos ModAp LTE modern chips. Also, Samsung has launched reference designs supporting Exynos CPUs as a way for competing with MediaTek’s and Qualcomm reference designs. The source indicates that Meizu, the Chinese Smartphone vendor, has approved Exynos CPUs to be used in its MX-series flagship modes.
Kirin 920 processors launched by HiSilicon supporting LTE Cat.6 technology is used by the Huawei (HiSilicon parent company) in its Honor 6 Smartphone. Huawei is expected to utilize the chip in its mid and high range Ascend series. It is also noted by the source that HiSilicon is looking to sell the chips to other vendors as well.