Huawei turns to MediaTek to beat US pressure
Huawei turns to MediaTek to beat US pressure

A report published in the Nikkei Asian Review pointed out that Huawei, the Chinese company, asked for help from competing mobile phone manufacturers to overcome US pressure to paralyze the company.

Huawei is negotiating with MediaTek, the second largest mobile phone developer after Qualcomm and the second mobile developer (Unisoc) in China, to buy additional chips as alternatives to consumer electronics maintenance. Continuous business development. .

According to the analysts, the problem of developing the advanced chip is one of Huawei's main strategies to help the largest Chinese technology company and the second largest smartphone maker in the world to distinguish in the global market for mobile phones and other devices. Industry leader: Using competitors The chip can hinder competition on Huawei.

Taiwan MediaTech is a leading provider of mobile phone chips to Samsung and Chinese smartphone manufacturers Opo, Vivo and Xiaomi and offers 4G support chipsets for Huawei's low-end smartphones.

Huawei also now hopes to conclude a contract to purchase a flagship MediaTek chipset that supports 5G networks. The Chinese company has so far only used its chips for the most important mobile phones.

"Huawei is looking forward to this day. As part of its efforts to de-Americanise, MediaTech has dedicated more low-end mobile phone projects last year. And this year, Huawei has become a Taiwanese MediaTech chip that requires it," the report said. A generation of networks. One of the main clients. Fifth. "

MediaTek estimates it has enough staff to fully support large orders from Huawei, as the Chinese company has requested a 300% increase in regular delivery volumes in recent years.

Huawei is also keen to deepen its cooperation with Unisoc. Unisoc relies mainly on small device manufacturers as customers, who mainly support low-end products and devices for emerging markets, while Huawei rarely uses Unisoc chips for smartphones and tablets. Low quality.

The new U.S. law, announced on May 15, aims to prevent Huawei from performing its Hisilicon chipset development work, as well as with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer (TSMC), the world's largest integrated chip manufacturer and sole supplier for the 'iPhone.

These restrictions affected Huawei's strategy to compete with Apple and Samsung, which aims to develop advanced chipsets to become the best chipset maker in the world, as it takes Huawei more than ten years to obtain its chips (HiSilicon) to develop. 10,000 engineers.

TSMC produces all the advanced HiSilicon processors (known as the Kirin series) for the most important Huawei smartphones as well as network processors for 5G terminals, artificial intelligence and server chips.

Through manufacturing partnerships with TSMC and other Asian contract manufacturers, Huawei has increasingly been able to use its chips instead of chips supplied by American suppliers such as Qualcomm, Qorvo, Skyworks and Broadcom.

The Chinese giant expanded the processor's use in smartphones from 69% in 2018 and 45% in 2016 to 75%, which helped it withstand American pressure as Washington placed the company on the list last year black.

But these manufacturing partners are now at risk, and Asian chipmakers fear that tensions between China and the United States will ease, especially after the head of the State Department (Christopher Ford) announced that the government will monitor whether the export base needs more changes.

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