As the Chinese market, the second largest smartphone vendor, Lenovo is to enter the chip design business to focus on the smartphone and tablet computer chip design.
In the past 10 years, pcb assembly manufacturer the association has maintained a small-scale integrated circuit design team, which employs about 10 people. According to the sources say, to the middle of this year, the association of this team will be expanded to about 100 engineers. Which Lenovo will be recruited in Shenzhen, 40 engineers, 60 engineers recruited in Beijing.
Lenovo has yet to respond to this news. pcba manufacturer The industry believes that Lenovo may hope that by virtue of this initiative lies in the fate of smart phones and tablet PC market, its chip business will be positioned like Huawei Hass.
With Samsung and Apple, Lenovo had used in the smart phone application processors from multiple vendors. 2011 Lenovo A60 smartphone using the MediaTek MT6573. 2012, Lenovo has become the first manufacturer Samsung Samsung Exynos 4 quad-core processor design.
Lenovo announced earlier this year,PCB Assembly and its 5.5-inch smartphone K900 Intel's first dual-core Atom processor for mobile phones. Intel Atom the Z2580 CPU performance more than a single-core Medfield processor used in the Lenovo K800 allegedly doubled.
However, sources said that the association can freely choose the application processor on the market, but the reality is very cruel, because Samsung refused to Lenovo offers the latest version of the Exynos processor. In fact, last year, with the growth of the smartphone market, Lenovo has become Samsung's biggest competitor. Samsung's market share was 17.7% in the Chinese market, Lenovo and Apple, respectively, 13.2% and 11%.
At the same time, Lenovo is also strengthening pcb assembly the executive team, has positioned itself as the leading consumer electronics manufacturers. Last month, Lenovo Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is appointed as a board observer. In addition, the association has appointed ARM co-founder Tudor Brown (Tudor Brown), a non-executive director.
It is not clear, with a 100 chip design team, Lenovo ability to make a difference in the competitive application processor market. But Huawei terminal marketing executives recently indicated that help Huawei to better negotiate with other semiconductor manufacturers have their own chip design department.