Huawei Seeks to Overcome US Ban with New Chip Production Unit


The Huawei side of business has not been very good in the past couple of months.

The issues, as we have come to understand, are linked to trust issues that were brought to light when the US government said that the Chinese tech corporation cannot be trusted.

Over these months, the setbacks have only escalated, and there hasn’t been any solid statement from the parties to clarify the situation.

The friction has only gotten worse; Huawei has, in one way or another, been barred from doing business with US companies.

US companies are some of the market leaders in the technology space, and when they do not cooperate, the end user gets hurt.

The development couldn’t be more visible in current times: a fair share of Huawei smartphones, including some released from 2019, do not ship with Google services.

This has rubbed the market outside China the wrong way, because, to be honest, the devices are very hard to recommend to users that have developed their smartphone lifestyles around Google products.

The majority of these developments have been covered here.

However, a couple of months ago, we were apprised that Huawei’s chip business would in jeopardy. See, Huawei designs excellent chips, including the latest Kirin 9000 that powers the Mate 40 line. It is the second 5nm chip from any other company besides Apple (A14 Bionic), and Qualcomm is said to be developing the S875 that we will likely see in 2021.

It has been reported that Huawei wants to break away from this arrangement is to develop a native OS: HarmonyOS. The platform is in its infancy and will probably be set up for devices running Android as of 2021.

Still, Huawei is allegedly preparing a chip production unit that will also be supported by the Chinese government.

However, the unit will be way behind times, starting with 45nm chipsets that are way too old.

Huawei CEO for the Consumer Group has since revealed that the corporation no longer makes its own chips. This means that the company will be making 28nm chips by the end of 2021. A development to 20mn will be achieved by 2022.

With the current political situation, Huawei will only make smartphone chips by the next couple years, which is too far by current standards.