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Chip Is The New Aim: Huawei bolster efforts to manufacture its own semiconductor products

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Huawei is the largest telecom equipment maker for over three decades and throughout the time the company has revolutionized its telecom technologies to stay up and ahead of its competitors.

Similar to the telecom business, the Chinese tech giant has also advanced itself in enterprise solutions, CLOUD, and other key tech sectors. Furthermore, Huawei’s smartphone business has also seen remarkable growth in the past years.

However, the company had heavily relied on U.S.-made technologies and after the inclusion in the U.S. Entity List, Huawei was barred from accessing important components, which also increased some of the big problems such as the lack of chipsets.

According to a new report from NikkeiAsia, the Chinese tech giant has sped up efforts to build its own chipsets and engaging with several Chinese chipmakers for possible investments. On the other hand, the company keeps polishing its own chip design development skills.

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To complete this goal, Huawei has taken stakes in 20 semiconductor-related firms over the course of the last one and a half years, while half of these deals have been made in the past five months. These investments mainly aim at chipmaking sectors that are currently dominated by tech giants from the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

The investment also aims for chip design tools, semiconductor materials, compound semiconductor, and chip production and testing equipment, which are essential for producing a complete chip product. These also put a spotlight on Huawei’s aim to free itself from the dependence on U.S. made technologies and lead the tech development by itself.

Furthermore, Huawei is also building a small-scale chip manufacturing plant for research purposes in Shenzhen, of which reports also emerged last year.

“Broadly speaking, the importance of Huawei’s R&D production line in Shenzhen is to help accelerate chip development and to make sure all its designs can later be put into production smoothly,” said a source. “Construction of the line began in the latter half of 2020.”

Why Huawei is investing?

In May 2019, the U.S. commerce department added Huawei to the Entity List, which is the first ban on Huawei that prohibited the company from purchasing U.S.-made technology or selling its products in the country.

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After a year, Huawei banned chipset suppliers including TSMC, from producing Huawei designed chipsets, which increased Huawei’s problems related to semiconductors. Later in September, the U.S. completely restricted Huawei’s access to chipsets.

However, in May 2019, Huawei also made its first investment and ramp it up in the coming year. Check the image below to learn more.

Huawei Investment after u.s. ban

The Aim:

“The company aims to step into any area that it lacks in chip development, from chip production, materials, and equipment, to design software.” said a source to Nikkei.

To increase investment count, Huawei is in talks to take part in SiEn Integrated Circuits, a chipmaker founded in 2018. With this investment, Huawei would access a broad range of integrated chip development services from design and production to packaging and testing.

All of the investment-related work is handled by the Hubble Technology Investment, a Huawei subsidiary with a paid-in capital of 2.7 billion yuan ($417 million). Since its establishment in 2019, Hubble has made investments in at least 25 Chinese tech companies, of which 20 mainly develop semiconductor products.

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Task/Challenge:

Despite all of the experience in chip designing, Huawei still needs the equipment to manufacture the chip designs.

From here we need to mention the very recent investment at NineCub, a Chinese chip-design toolmaker founded in 2011.

Chip design tools, also known as electronic design automation tools, are crucial for companies looking to design their own chipsets. The market and experts for the advanced chip design tools are controlled by only limited companies two of which are Synopsys and Cadence Design Systems, both of these are American. This led to U.S. dominance in this field and made a big impact after the full restrictions on Huawei.

HiSilicon, Huawei’s chip designing subsidiary, was China’s biggest chip developer and designed chipsets for Huawei smartphones, network gears as well as servers. After the U.S. ban, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group officially informed that the company will stop making Kirin chipset after September 2020.

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The report reveals that the investments also target local companies that supply materials for semiconductors, such as SICC and Tankblue Semiconductor, which make silicon carbide. Chip production equipment makers including Shenzhen Skyverse and Ningbo Allsemi Microelectronics Equipment are also on the list. To be mentioned, these fields are also dominated by tech companies from the U.S. and Japan.

This is undoubtedly the advancement of the Chinese tech giant, as it is marching ahead with the will to capitalize on this opportunity and to build its own semiconductor.

Yash is a graduate of computer science and followed his way into journalism, he is interested in various subjects related to technologies and politics. Yash likes to listen classical songs and has a huge library of classical mixes.

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Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi launches new fast charging protocol

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Today, China Communications Standard Association conducted a mobile integrated fast charging conference in Beijing. Alongside, the organization announced Huawei and other brands in the first batch of fast charging protocol.

To understand this subject, let’s jump to the base of this information.

Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi are the top four manufacturers in China. Undoubtedly, all these companies have provided some high-end products to consumers. However, these firms realized that they furnish such charging techniques that do not fit in the universal environment.

Consequently, Huawei and the three manufacturers came in contact with each other and decided to bring a new fast charging protocol for their consumers. As the next step, these companies have grabbed their places in the first batch of this solution.

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Solely speaking of Huawei, the Mate Xs 2 is the first to get the compatibility certificate of fast charging solution. Besides, 11 more devices are eligible to impose this new charging facility on their surface. And in the time ahead, more smartphones will join this list.

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Main Objectives of Fast Charging Protocol

Huawei bothers about users’ requirements. Hence, it decided to take a new step in the field of charging operations. Ultimately, the fast charging function will mainly work for five aspects.

  • Firstly, to improve the charging facility and expansion of fast charging ecosystem.
  • Second, it will promote the transformation of fast charging to an industrial scale.
  • Third, it will track the progress of universal fast charging standards and inspect the Chinese fast charging technology in global standards.
  • Fourth, To encourage more enterprises to accept the unified fast charging standard.
  • Fifth, to improve third-party certification, and identification work.

Huawei Nova 10 Pro is a good example of fast charging

In a smartphone, the battery is the most significant and crucial part. If the battery works wonders, then your phone can be the perfect partner for your enjoyment. Huawei understood this concept a long time ago. Hence, it brought the Nova 10 Pro adapter with the latest Super Turbocharging technology.

As the name reflects, the technology boosts the power of 100W in the phone at charging time. Accordingly, the phone gets a full charge within 20 minutes. Hence, we can say that the upcoming charging solution will also play a good role in the welfare of consumers.

Read More: UFSC fusion fast charging protocol led by Huawei is coming

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Huawei launched Car Smart Scree Pro with 3K wide angle dual camera 

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Huawei is renowned for its invention in technology, such as a smart screen for automobiles. Yes! To make your journey entertaining, Huawei Zhixuan and DingDipai collaborated to develop a new species of HarmonyOS technology. The company successfully released Huawei Zhixuan Dingdipai Car Smart Screen Pro.

The Car Screen Pro featured smart technology that can gain your focus to update your car gadget to make it more attractive and digital. This new Huawei smart screen has a most attractive feature that you should be aware of:

  • Huawei HiCar desktop
  • The 3K ultra-wide-angle dual camera
  • Sound follows human movements

The HiCar desktop: The vital information is shown on one screen and is easily accessible with just one touch with the new HiCar desktop. The new desktop offers a variety of personalized universal cards in addition to home page split-screen display navigation:

  • Schedule a to-do list
  • Weather forecast
  • Ongoing application
  • Settings
  • Other items on the mobile phone can be generated automatically when the navigation task is launched

The 3K ultra-wide-angle dual camera: It let your give Ultra-clear driving record quality and the addition of built-in storage makes it more dependable and effective.

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Sound follows human movements:  To prevent annoying the passengers in the car by playing the sound of the original car audio, the sound output device will automatically switch when the car owner removes their mobile phone and exits the car.

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Additionally, the mobile phone’s location information can be sent to the car smart screen by shaking the device, according to the Pro version of the car smart screen.

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Huawei Zhixuan Dingdipai Car Smart Screen Pro:

the newly released Huawei Zhixuan Dingdipai Car Smart Screen Pro has a simple and thin body with a clear integrated design. The “foreign body sensation” upon stepping inside the automobile is significantly diminished by the new car smart screen Pro.

The smart screen is equipped 8.9-inch 1920 x 720 screen, which is suitable for more than 85% of passenger cars, doesn’t obstruct the view, doesn’t mind bright lights, and has sharp picture details.

You can participate in the device public test through Huawei Mall, its price is 1799 Yuan at a discount of 200 Yuan. To be noted public test will end on October 4. So hurry to take this chance.

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Huawei telecom technology is saving large power consumption

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Huawei has long been in the internet equipment market and the Chinese tech maker is way ahead of its competitors. In that way, it helps other telecom companies to apply better solutions to provide better consumer-based services.

In the latest edition, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of XL Axiata, an Indonesian telecom company, said that Huawei’s network technology has helped to save up to 26% of power consumption in the entire system.

Yes, 26% is a lot of power saving and Huawei has surely impacted the business positively from different perspectives.

The CTO further informs that Huawei’s FDD smart 8T8R technology is efficient in terms of electrical use cases. The new tech is already installed in over 100 of 4G networks and may further increase in number in the near future.

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As found, the telecom operator has thousands of base stations in Indonesia and It would be surely beneficial if the telecom company fully inherits Huawei’s equipment prowess.

Huawei’s tech:

The telecom equipment market is largely based on Huawei’s dominance because the Dell Oro Group report of 2021 reveals that Huawei alone occupies around 28% market share in the global telecom equipment market.

(via – CNMO)

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