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China's No. 2 player to launch 5G chip in 2020 to rival Qualcomm

UNISOC pushes up timetable amid efforts to cut reliance on US tech

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI -- China's second-largest mobile chip developer aims to launch a 5G chipset in 2020, far earlier than previously planned, to catch up with global leaders Qualcomm and MediaTek and tap demand from local companies looking to end their dependence on U.S. suppliers.

UNISOC Communications' timetable is roughly similar to those of its much bigger competitors, and marks a significant acceleration of its ambitions following the disintegration of its partnership with chip leader Intel earlier this year.

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