In the mobile phone market, there are only a handful of companies who make or design ARM-based applications processors. So far, the big names include Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple, and MediaTek. This is part of the reason why there are shortages in supplies just like what happened to the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.
When it was introduced, it was supposed to be the first phone with the Snapdragon 835 chip. However, since Samsung has already claimed the first batch of chips from Qualcomm, Sony was made to wait until it is finally available again.
Now, it seems like Sony is taking matters in its own hands by following the footsteps of Xiaomi and design its very own ARM SoC.
According to Android Marvel, Sony has started designing its own ARM SoC since 2015. And because the company does not have prior experience in application processor design, it is rumored that the chip itself is based on the 14nm process technology, instead of the newer 10nm.
Furthermore, since the design based is a step older than the current SoC of some major flagships, it is said that Sony’s chip will be somewhat similar in performance to the older Snapdragon 820.
It would be quite interesting as to how Sony will progress in the chip design arena. Perhaps everything will be revealed during the IFA 2017 event in Germany. So far, Xiaomi has been successful enough that it already signed an agreement with Nokia for the next-in-line Surge S2 application processor.
As for Sony, being able to control the heart of its own products will give the company a more realistic approach in product design. Furthermore, application support like firmware updates will be a lot easier for it since it knows the processor from start to finish.
In addition to these, Sony will also benefit from the fact that it will no longer rely on the likes of Qualcomm or MediaTek to supply its SoC needs. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.