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Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has announced that its in-house ISP (Image Signal Processor) chips have entered volume production, and will be used in its flagship phones, X70, in September.

Named Vivo V1, the chip represents a milestone for the company, as various Chinese smartphone makers have sought to follow Huawei and develop their own chips. For Chinese chipmakers, ISPs merely mark the beginnings of their chip projects, with SoCs being the ultimate goals.

For example, Xiaomi’s ISP development began in 2019 and became commercialized in 2021. As early as 2015, Huawei’s Kirin 950 processors already integrated in-house ISP modules. Vivo’s own chip design team was assembled two years ago, numbering approximately 600 people.