Xiaomi is one of the fashion manufacturers, and although it has long been a promise in terms of growth, the brand did not explode until very recently. It can be said that Xiaomi has been a revelation since last 2017, when it finally decided to take the step and become fully international, but given that we are talking about a brand that is on track to reach nine years of life, the figure is more striking.
So far, Xiaomi has been dedicated to all kinds of devices in many areas. From the smartphones that we know to rice, appliances and even gadgets for home automation. But the Chinese also designed processors, a market in which they entered with only one chip so far but that, to this day, we do not know with certainty if it is a closed and finished project.
About millet in 2010
Lei Jun and seven other partners were responsible for the creation of a company like Xiaomi in 2010. Among the partners, the vice president of the Google Institute of Engineering in China, the director of R & D of Motorola in Beijing or the manager of Kingsoft Dictionary. All people experienced in the technology sector and who joined forces to give life to the new company.
The chosen name, Xiaomi, a striking name in the West and easily remembered, although not pronounceable, and a word that in China is used to name millet, a type of small seed cereal whose consumption in your country is very high. So much so, that in Xiaomi they thought it would be a suitable word to make constant reference to its origins.
Although originally Xiaomi only developed its known MIUI layer, adapting it to as many phones as possible and converting it into one of the most popular ROMs of the moment, only a year later they set out to build their first phone. It was the Xiaomi Mi 1 and it became a benchmark in terms of value for money. Nobody in the market offered what the Mi 1 for just over 260 euros to change, something that would not change until today, although with nuances. The problem: the Mi 1 was only sold in China. This problem was dragged until a very short time ago, although it did not prevent Xiaomi from growing wildly in his own country, disputing the first place with local brands as powerful as OPPO or Xiaomi. The departure of Xiaomi to India was one of the first big steps of the brand, competing one on one with Samsung, and finally in 2017 it became international. Its first processor, the Surge S1, arrived precisely in the year 2017.
Surge S1, in search of the average range of Qualcomm
Long rumored for most of the previous year, Xiaomi finally launched into the semiconductor market with the Surge S1, a chip that was presented on February 28, 2017 coinciding with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Xiaomi was in the city but not in the compound, and “in private” also went there Xiaomi Mi 6.
The Surge S1 was conceived as a mid-range chip, whose main competitor by power was the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626. Designed entirely on Cortex A53 cores, the Surge S1 was configured as a big.LITTLE with four cores at 2.2GHz and four other cores at 1.4GHz. For the graphic, a Mali T860 direct from ARM lithographs and unmodified. The new processor had a single carrier, the Xiaomi Mi 5C which was also announced on February 28. A phone built to be quite economical and with a 5.15-inch screen, a diagonal that only a year later is almost unthinkable. The Mi 5C went on sale in China for about 200 euros to change and anticipated that Xiaomi’s jump to the international market was just around the corner.
With its 28 nanometers, and left the manufacturing lines of TSMC, the manufacturer of Apple chips, Huawei and many models of Qualcomm, the Surge S1 has been, so far, the only bet of Xiaomi in the market of processors mobile The rumors about a possible Surge S2 do not stop arising every so often, but nothing else is known about it. We do not know, therefore, if Xiaomi’s path in the semiconductor world is still alive or buried. We will have to wait longer to know the answer.