The official Xuan continues to develop the chip Xiaomi, actually has been secretly trying

There is another day for millet to officially hold its 10th anniversary conference. As it is the 10th anniversary event, the millet side has already started preheating activities early. For example, on August 9, Lei Jun responded to several issues of rice flour concern on microblog, including the release time of new mix, the mass production status of mix alpha, and whether the project of surging core film is still continuing. In a word, millet has taken the initiative to study the chip again several years later, which can be said to attract a lot of attention from the outside world. But maybe it is because in this time period, we have too much urgent desire for the good news of “domestic mobile phone chip”. So even if Lei Jun is honest, self research chip once “has encountered great difficulties”, it is clear that the plan of surging chips is still continuing. But the official open and open-minded move has attracted many netizens to praise, but also encountered some worries, doubts, even discordant voices. What is the current situation of Xiaomi’s surging chip? What is the difficulty of “making core” of millet? What is the preparation for the new “surging” chip? As a former first generation of surging S1 conference, we actually tested the technology media of Xiaomi 5C. Today, Sanyi life wants to talk to you about Xiaomi and surging chips. On February 28, 2017, when Xiaomi released his first self-developed chip, S1, he mentioned two very critical points in the press conference. First, as early as 2014, Xiaomi has started the research and development of self-research chip. At that time, the whole mobile phone industry paid much attention to the self-research chip. The other point in time was that in the early morning of September 26, 2015, the first SOC core of Kombucha officially lit the first smartphone carrying it. It is obvious that when we study these two time points carefully, it seems to imply that the first generation of Xiaomi S1 platform has spent almost the same time in hardware development and software adaptation, and it took three years to become a reality. So the question is coming. Is this “core making” speed of millet really slow? At first glance, it seems that it took three years to complete the research and development and polishing of a chip in the hardware platform, which is a little disconnected. However, the reason why today’s smartphone chip manufacturers can achieve “one year after another” is that they have been operating for more than ten years or even decades. They have already had a complete set of processes in hardware design, driver writing, and software adaptation. If we use the standard of a start-up chip company to compare millet and the surge of analogy, we will find that their speed is actually amazing. In 1968, a group of resigned employees from sendong semiconductor established a new company. Four years later, they finally launched the first processor product 4004, and it took seven years to officially announce the company’s famous product, 16 CPU 8086. It is true that the above words describe Intel, the PC processor industry giant known to all of us today. For all of them, the first product that was truly world-renowned was composed of all the high-level students of early computer major, and it still needs 11 years of research and development and forbearance. But now millet can deliver a good performance smartphone chip surging S1 in just four years after the project was started. Actually, it is quite a miracle speed. Let alone, although the rumor of “surging S2” is not listed, it is not equal to millet did not make it, because in the previous period of time, the Internet has exposed the surging S2 of the physical. So in other words, although Lei Jun admits that the surging chip “has encountered difficulties”, millet is still continuing the chip project, and it is likely that when he comes back to the body, it is likely that it is the subsequent surge S3, S4, and even S5. To be honest, we can understand the urgent need for “domestic mobile phone chips” nowadays, but it is not said that chips can be made. Millet is a commercial company, which means that their self-developed chips not only require “made”, but also cost, performance and performance in actual products. Recently, the relevant people of Xiaomi have explained the situation of surging chips in social media. According to him, the development of surging S1 was designed in comparison with the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing process at that time. However, after all, the chip research and development cannot be achieved overnight. It needs not only a lot of money investment, but also time to accumulate experience and cultivate talents. So when the surging S1 is actually on the market, it is not surprising that its manufacturing process lags behind other products of the same generation. To be honest, we fully agree with this friend. But what we must add to Sanye life is that according to the performance indicators we measured after the release of surging S1, this process is not up to the advanced mobile phone chip, and the performance of the competitors in the same period is quite excellent. For example, the performance of S1 CPU is much better than that of the flagship rivals such as Xiao Long 810 and exynos5433, almost the same as that of the snapdragon 820. And Xiao Long 820 was released in 2015, and at this time, surging S1 has entered the software adaptation stage. For example, the surge of S1’s 3dmark even exceeded the Huawei flagship chip Kirin 960, which means it is even better in game performance than the much more expensive scheme. What does this mean? In short, that is, millet chip is not only simply “made good”, nor does it hold the idea that “as long as I make a chip, consumers will pay.”. Just as the price system of the whole industry has changed after Xiaomi made mobile phones, millet may have the requirements of high performance and high cost performance for “surging” chips. It is important to know that as the first work of high cost self-research processor, the 5C with surging S1 does not sell high price because the chip has been developing for three years. The price from 1499 yuan was absolutely called conscience at that time. From this point of view, for the surging chips from now on, while ensuring the advanced nature of technology and performance, millet is also likely to add the conditions to guarantee high performance price ratio. This may also further enhance the development of surging. Of course, it’s a small meter. To be honest, at least so far, the official information we can confirm is only one of the words “the plan is still going on” by Lei Jun, and there is no specific timetable. But if you have a little knowledge of Xiaomi’s research and development in the basic technology of smart phones in recent years, you may also see some preparation for their own research on smart phone system. For example, by the end of 2019, millet officially released the autonomous development of automl automatic machine learning technology. This is an AI training automation model generation technology. It is with its help that in recent years, the accuracy and performance of the AI functions such as computational photography, voice recognition, intelligent photo album and environmental noise reduction have been rapidly improved, which has formed independent AI technology advantages. For example, the low-power AI computing framework mace, which is developed by Xiaomi, has evolved into a powerful component that can accelerate the cooperation by using heterogeneous processors in the SOC of the whole cell phone, such as CPU, GPU, DPU, NPU, etc. With the support of it, the face recognition and speech recognition speed of millet mobile phone is much faster than in the past, and the utilization rate of AI application to hardware is greatly improved. It is not only that, many friends may remember the new operating system MIUI 12 introduced by Xiaomi some time ago. Its cool super wallpaper, new physical dynamic design has made many people look new. But in fact, in the “interior” of MIUI 12, the key to realize all the new interface elements lies in a series of UI key technologies, such as system rendering engine, illustration engine, animation engine, physical engine, etc. that Xiaomi started to research and reconstruct from the bottom. In official terms, this set of “light cone dynamic effect framework” has even advanced the existing Android system native technology. In addition, if we pay attention to the new mobile phone trends in recent years, we may know that millet has customized two exclusive chip schemes including Helio g90t and Tianji 820 to the United Development Department. And according to the relevant sources, Millet’s customized chip lineup will have many to be unveiled, even flagship level brand-new platform. What does that mean? In short, we should know that the behavior of “custom chip” itself involves the design and modification, function definition, software adaptation and other links of a new chip. It is a great means to help millet to master the adaptive ability of self-developed chips faster and more. As we all know, in order to transform an excellent smartphone chip from simple hardware to excellent user experience, in addition to its own hardware specifications, good system adaptation and excellent app optimization are essential. From this point of view, although Xiaomi has not actively released the information of the new surging chips in recent years, it can be seen that millet is planning and step by step to increase its “basic skills” in AI program development, edge computing, system basic technology, and even hardware R & D and definition. From this point of view, millet is obviously still continuing his chip dream, but this time they are more cautious and pragmatic. ASMC, a lithography maker, was one of TSMC’s 14 top suppliers last year

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