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Huawei’s next 5nm Kirin chipset could be manufactured by Samsung

Huawei’s next 5nm Kirin chipset could be manufactured by Samsung

Huawei may have found someone to help manufacture Kirin 9000L, its next generation 5nm Kirin processors. 

According to a Chinese tipster, the Kirin 9000L will be manufactured with Samsung’s 5nm EUV process technology. The new 5G chipset is expected to have a lower clock speed compared to the existing Kirin 9000 and 9000E chipsets. It is also believed to be equipped with an 18-core Mali-G78 GPU, one big and one small AI core.

It is unclear at the moment whether Samsung has obtained the approval from the U.S government to manufacture chipsets for Huawei or if it is in the process of doing so.

The Chinese company lost access to overseas chip manufacturers after the U.S government amended an export rule in May 2020. TSMC halted new orders from Huawei to comply with the U.S trade ban, which forced the latter to source mobile chips from MediaTek and UNISOC.

In response, U.S tightened the chipset restrictions in August, preventing Huawei from buying alternative chipsts that are “developed or produced from U.S software or technology to the same degree as comparable U.S chips”. It also extended trade restrictions to China’s biggest chipmaker, SMIC.

This led to Huawei building its own chip plant to manufacture its own processors. However, the lack of experience in chip fabrication means that Huawei can only manufacture low-end 45nm chips before transitioning to more modern 28nm chips. For now, Qualcomm is only allowed to sell 4G chips to Huawei.

Source: WHYLAB (Weibo) via Huawei Central

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