Even cornered, Huawei won't give up its Kirin chips so easily – Frandroid

Huawei is not giving up in the face of the American embargo. Despite its very critical situation, the company promises to continue to invest in the design of its Kirin chips, which have been seriously damaged by the sanction of the United States.


- Even cornered, Huawei won't give up its Kirin chips so easily - Frandroid

Huawei's Kirin 990 chip // Source: Frandroid

While reading the tech press, you have undoubtedly seen several times articles relating to the tense situation in which Huawei finds itself. Until recently, the famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo even mentioned the possibility that the Chinese giant would withdraw from the smartphone market. It must be said that the group has been under the American embargo for over a year. An embargo recently enforced by the United States to cold the firm's supply lines.

We learned that the future Mate 40 could be the brand's last smartphone equipped with a Kirin chip. As a reminder, these SoCs are designed by HiSilicon, a subsidiary of Huawei, and allow the manufacturer to offer an alternative to the ubiquitous Qualcomm Snapdragon. However, because of the United States, the Chinese firm can no longer count on its supplier TSMC.

Consequence: HiSilicon engineers have completely started to leave the group.

"Don't waste the opportunity for a crisis"

Despite this, Huawei’s current rotating chairman, Guo Ping, has said his company will continue to invest in Kirin chip development and financially assist partners and suppliers to do so. The manager has in fact distributed a letter to his employees entitled " Don't waste the opportunity for a crisis ". In his memo, he admits that the American sanction poses " some difficulties », But asserts that these are not insurmountable.

Guo Ping writes in particular that he is confident that these issues can be resolved. In addition, " HiSilicon will strengthen several years later », He promises. In other words, there's a good chance that we won't hear much about the Kirin chips in the months or years to come – after the Mate 40 series – but Huawei won't be admitting any time soon. he abandons this project.

Impossible mission ? The future will tell. It should be noted that in addition to tightening its embargo, the United States also suspended the temporary license granted to Huawei, which nevertheless allowed the brand to update its smartphones still benefiting from Android with Google services.

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