Huawei Says Flagship HiSilicon Kirin Smartphone Chips Running Out Under US Sanctions

Joanna Estrada
August 8, 2020

Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc is lobbying the US government to revoke restrictions on sale of components to Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL], after the Chinese company was blacklisted by the United States, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

During the 2020 Summit of China Information Technology Association, Richard Yu has confirmed that they will be releasing their Huawei Mate 40 very soon which will be powered by their latest Kirin 9000 chipset.

Struggling under stifling Washington-imposed sanctions, Chinese tech giant Huawei is running out of the high-end custom processor chips it requires to make smartphones, writes Huawei Central. Huawei denies it spies for China.

In May the US Commerce Department issued orders that required suppliers of software and manufacturing equipment to refrain from doing business with Huawei without first obtaining a license.

Richard Yu said after 15th September, Huawei would not be able to produce its high-end chipsets.

Yu confirmed that discontinuation of the manufacturing of the powerful Kirin chipset, featuring new 5G technologies, AI processing capabilities, powerful Neural Processing Unit (NPU) and GPU performances, is due to new sanctions imposed by the United States government and a sign of the growing impact of USA pressure. He admitted that Huawei has made huge R&D investments but when it comes to semiconductor, Huawei only did chip design but skipped on chip production. TSMC, Cadence and Synopsys did not immediately respond to email requests for comment.

"Huawei began exploring the chip sector over 10 years ago, starting from hugely lagging behind, to slightly lagging behind, to catching up, and then to a leader", Yu was quoted as saying.

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