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Huawei Moves Towards Chip Independence Despite US Objections

A new CPU architecture with high efficiency, our own SSDs, and 5nm production in China will soon become a reality. Huawei will no longer need US technology.

According to rumors, Huawei has started testing new Taishan CPU cores to achieve the highest possible efficiency for use in smartphones and tablets. A reported Geekbench score of 350 points in the single-thread test would mean a 75 percent increase in performance compared to the Cortex-A510 cores in the Kirin 9000 chips.

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The alliance between Huawei, its subsidiary Hisilicon, which develops the Taishan processor cores, and the Chinese semiconductor manufacturer SMIC should be able to produce 5nm SoCs for the successor to the Mate 60 in the near future. The computing power could then be sufficient for smartphones and tablets, even in high-end devices.

For the performance cores, Hisilicon already seems to be on the right track with the Arm-based V120 architecture. According to Geekbench results, the performance in server processors such as the Huawei Kunpeng 920 is roughly on par with AMD’s Zen 3 architecture. In the mobile sector, V120 is used for the performance cores of the Kirin 9000. Use for notebook and desktop SoCs is also planned.

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The USA Protests – So Far Unsuccessful

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According to the USA, chip production at SMIC for 7 nm and 5 nm nodes is not possible without US technology. The company is reportedly applying for an export license both for the sale of semiconductor products to Chinese companies and for international export. However, SMIC does not seem concerned about this and, as far as we know, is not applying for an export license.

This is unlikely to impact the Chinese market, but internationally, Huawei is often noticed for not providing information about the chips it uses, even to the media. Neither the product names nor the architecture and manufacturing process are mentioned. This will also make it more difficult for the USA to prove any violations of export restrictions.

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