Chipset is a tough component to talk about when discussing Huawei. This is because the United States has banned foundries using American-made technology to produce chips from sending them to the Chinese manufacturer. And what makes this so urgent this year is that Apple and Huawei are the first to bring chips made with the 5nm process node to their products. Simply put, the lower the number of process nodes, the higher the number of transistors that fit into a square mm. This usually means that more transistors are inside the component and provide better performance along with more energy efficiency.
Twitter tipster says that Huawei will have a 3nm Kirin chipset called 901
As an example, Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset, used in the iPhone 11 series from 2019, was produced by TSMC using the process node 7nm. The transistor density is 90 million transistors per square mm, and these SoCs each contain 8.5 billion transistors. This year’s A14 Bionic, found inside The iPhone 12 series uses the process node 5nm and is filled with 134 million transistors per square mm or a total of 11.8 billion transistors in each chip. Huawei, hard hit by the new US export rules, was TSMC’s second largest customer after Apple to the ban came into force. This year, Huawei was able to take some deliveries of the Kirin 9000 before the ban started, and the components are being used on the company’s new flagship Mate 40 line. They are also earmarked for the sequel to the collapsible Huawei Mate X (possibly called the Mate X2) and for 5G base stations that work with the outfit’s 5G network equipment.
The current employed 5nm Kirin 9000 will be replaced by the next generation 3nm Kirin 9010, says Twitter tipster
Despite the US Department of Commerce’s export rules, which have led many analysts to believe that Huawei’s Kirin line will no longer be after the Mate 40 series and Kirin 9000, some of those who are “famous” state that next year’s P50 series also will be powered by Kirin 9000. And today, a Twitter tipster who goes to the handle on Teme (@ RODENT950) conveyed a short tweet that may be short on words but long on meaning. The next generation Kirin chip, he says, will be 3 nm Kirin 9010. How this will be achieved is not explained, although some analysts believe that the elected president of the United States, Joe Biden, may not continue to punish Huawei as harshly as Donald Trump did during his one term as president. Biden joins on 20 January.
In addition to blocking Huawei from receiving chips it designed itself (manufactured by TSMC), last year the Trump administration called the phone and network equipment manufacturer for a threat to U.S. national security and placed it on the device list, blocking it from acquiring parts made by USA. companies. The move also prevented Google from doing business with the Chinese manufacturer, which may have dampened sales of international models. But in China, most of Google’s Android apps are banned anyway. Huawei was still forced to develop its own ecosystem, which has proven to be well received by users.
Back in 2016, Huawei’s head of consumer products, Richard Yu, set an ambitious goal. By 2021, the leader said that it would pass Samsung to become the largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world. Earlier this year, Huawei actually took over first place during the first quarter. But as the United States continued to make life difficult for the company, Huawei was forced to sell off Badge of honor for reported $ 15 billion. Responsible for 26% of Huawei’s phone sales last year, or approximately 13.4 million units, the end result is that Huawei will fall behind Samsung by a larger margin. Honor will be the eighth largest phone manufacturer worldwide in front of such well-known companies as LG and Motorola.