EE Times heard that Lenovo plans to get into the chip design business. The company has maintained a small IC design team of about 10 people over the last decade, but now plans to expand this team to about 100 engineers by the middle of the year to develop chip for smartphones and tablets. Lenovo will be hiring 40 engineers in Shenzhen area and 60 in Beijing, according to the source, who asked to remain anonymous. Lenovo, based in Beijing, did not immediately respond to questions about these plans.
This initiative appears to be driven by the company’s desire to control its own destiny in smartphones and tablets--a la HiSilicon at Huawei. (HiSilicon is a chip division of Huawei.)