Huawei stops producing Kirin processors due to US pressure
Huawei stops producing Kirin processors due to US pressure

Chinese financial magazine Caixin said on Saturday that Huawei will stop manufacturing Kirin processors next month as the United States puts increasing pressure on the tech giant.

(Richard Yu) - Managing Director of Huawei Consumer Business: US pressure on Huawei suppliers is making it impossible to realize the company's HiSilicon processor division. Keep making the major processors and components for smartphones.

In the face of the worst deterioration in Sino-US relations in decades, Washington is calling on governments around the world to pressure Huawei under the pretext of reporting the espionage allegations to the Chinese government. Huawei has refused to engage in espionage activities on behalf of China. The US is also trying to get Canada to extradite Huawei CFO (Ming Wanju) on charges of bank fraud.

In May 2019, the US Department of Commerce issued an order prohibiting software and manufacturing equipment suppliers from doing business with Huawei without a license.

According to Caixin magazine, “Our flagship (Kirin) processor will be finished starting September 15th,” Yu said. "Our AI chips can't handle it either. It's a big loss for us."

Huawei's HiSilicon division relies on software from American companies (such as Cadence Design Systems or Synopsys) to develop its chips and also uses external production resources such as Taiwan's semiconductor manufacturer TSMC (TSMC), which uses hardware from American companies.

HiSilicon division produces a wide variety of processors, including the Kirin series processors. These processors only run on Huawei smartphones and are the only Chinese processors that can compete with Qualcomm in terms of quality.

Quoting Yu Zhenhua, he said, "Huawei began to explore the chip industry more than ten years ago, from very late, slight delay, then catch-up and drive." Processing."

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