Huawei TechnologiesSilence on advanced details Semiconductor It encourages the new Mate 60 Pro Flag Smartphone The issue has become highly speculative. Here are some possible explanations for where Huawei got the chip.
1. China’s top chip maker SMIC made the chip for Huawei
Although both Huawei and Semiconductor International Manufacturing Corporation (SMIC) declined to provide details, this is the most plausible explanation. Based on tests conducted on the smartphone, Chinese benchmarking website AnTuTu has identified the central processing unit (CPU) in the Mate 60 Pro as the Kirin 9000s from Huawei’s chip design department. HiSilicon.
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Research company TechInsights, in a note published on its WeChat account, said that SMIC uses the equipment available to implement the second-generation 7-nanometer process, known as the N+2 node, for the 5G-capable Kirin 9000s for Huawei. The California-based research firm said it will provide more details about the phone’s connectivity next week.
If this is the case, it would represent a “breakthrough” for China’s semiconductor industry and a major win for Huawei’s smartphone business.
However, due to US sanctions, SMIC was not supposed to be able to make advanced chips for Huawei.
2. Huawei manufactures the chip using its own supply chain network.
That’s another option, after Bloomberg reported that the Chinese telecom giant is building a secret chip manufacturing supply chain by recruiting foundations to help circumvent US export controls. In this case, the chip in the Mate 60 shows how Huawei made a breakthrough.
This is an unlikely scenario, but it fits with China’s national narrative that Huawei has bitten the bullet under US sanctions for years and has finally overcome US sanctions.
The Huawei Mate 60 Pro uses the Kirin 9000s processor. Photo: Handout alt=The Huawei Mate 60 Pro uses the Kirin 9000s processor. Photo: Handout>
3. Huawei put in its own chips for the new phone
This explanation means that the chips in the new Huawei phone are obtained from inventory and were manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) before September 2020, when the US imposed a ban on Huawei and all its affiliates from visiting advanced services, doubling down on the imposition of sanctions on the chips. TSMC relies on US core technology to manufacture silicon wafers, so it had to comply with the embargo.
Huawei was known to have stockpiled chips from its HiSilicon division before TSMC cut ties to comply with US sanctions, and some analysts believe it may have used these old chips in the new phone, with some repackaging and upgrades.
If this scenario is true, it means that Huawei is still starving for advanced chips under US sanctions.
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