- Aug 3, 2021
The Chinese tech giant Huawei had earlier decided to postpone the release of 5nm Kirin core and has been requesting TSMC to deliver the corresponding orders as soon as possible. It was earlier decided that Huawei would release a new Kirin 5nm processor at the IFA 2020 conference on September 3.
Before this, the flagship chip Kirin 990 series like the “Kirin 990” and “Kirin 990 5G” were released. Thus they have decided to internally delay the release of the new Kirin 5nm processor.
TSMC is producing non-stop 24 hours a day to deliver the 5nm Kirin orders before September 14 as they cant take Huawei’s order after that or lead a business with Huawei. Because of the suppression from U.S. Government, TSMC Chairman Liu Deyin said that they will not accept new orders from Huawei after May 15.
Yu Chengdong has been in anxiety because of this. The Kirin 9000 is to be found in Mate 40 that will have powerful 5G capabilities, better AI processing capabilities, and stronger CPU and GPU. But unfortunately, it may be the last year for the high-end chip.
On one hand, Huawei, due to the external threat, had boosted TSMC’s 5nm production capacity in advance whereas the “Kirin 9000” was already listed as a priority product. One the other hand, the MediaTek and other chip factories use American technology.
Thus because of this ban, the 5G chips prepared by MediaTek for Huawei mobile phones cannot be shipped, and Huawei mobile phones cannot directly purchase Qualcomm processors. So it is a complete state of loss for Huawei for now.