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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Autonomous driving lies between L2 and L3 in mobile network field: Huawei Wireless Network Chief
Huawei Wireless SingleOSS Product Line President, Ma Hongbo address the Global MBB forum with his speech. He presented five different viewpoints under his deliverance on “5Go S.M.A.R.T., Ushering Wireless Networks into the Intelligent and Autonomous Era”.
During the keynote deliverance, he emphasizes that network intelligence has been recognizing as the wireless autonomous driving network foundation. The network engines are preparing for the ability to self-learn and self-evolve with the help of enormous network data.
In addition, precise network algorithms and different approach models are also being prepared, escorting the network technology towards independent thinking. However, it’s still lacking a good synchronization between autonomous driving networks in mobile communications.
According to the Huawei president, the autonomous driving network current lies between L2 and L3 technology in the mobile network field. The industry needs joint efforts to bring both networks to the same level.
He further explains Huawei is willing to put more effort in terms of level criteria, evaluation systems, and application collaboration to established an autonomous driving network. the company holds serval projects and continually collaborating with operators and industry partners to create smart autonomous networks.
The industry reports show, industry and operators’ hierarchical recognition for driverless driving is becoming the center approach of operators. Furthermore, a recent white paper survey forecasts a positive image for future autonomous technologies.
According to the report, the analyzers surveyed about 42 independent network operators in the industry. Among them, about 80% are confident in their technologies and approaches for stationing fully autonomous driving networks that will a large-scale deployment within a decade.
To be mention, it was the 12th Global Mobile Broadband Forum, held in Dubai on the 13th of October. Its purpose is to bring the industrial leaders and global partners together to discuss the mobile network and adjacent vertical ecosystems.
Huawei’s Cloud and AI technologies contributing in building smart cities
On 14th October, the 2021 Global Smart City Conference was concluded in Shanghai, China. At the event, Huawei officials informed more cities are joining the smart city project. To date, 50 cities including Fuzhou, Chengdu, Changchun, Nanchang, Shanghai, and Suzhou have been accepted the “urban intelligence”.
The company is constructing an integrated intelligent system with a three-dimensional viewpoint. In addition, the ecology in Huawei smart cities also concerns global collaboration, explicit evaluation, and the constant unfolding of new technologies.
Purpose of Urban Intelligence:
Urban intelligence is based on the concept to delivered quick and precise services. Its purpose is to serve civilians, companies, and management to help them save labor and time. In this manner, these resources can be used where they are most needed.
Explaining in an example, President Kun stated, like a Netcom service can manage an entire city to operate one thing. Furthermore, a single network management system can provide enough help to the government efficiently handle one thing.
The official information shows, the Shenzhen-based firm is planning to perform an improved network administration service as implemented back last year. To be mention, in 2020 the company’s solution involves three working areas described below-
- One-Network Management: It handles online and offline collaboration with the help of its four subdivided sectors- discovery, scheduling, disposal, and analysis
- Auxiliary Operations: The solution provider is responsible for teaching the operation and execution of the system to the government.
- Zero-Trust Security: It ensures that the reliability of the officials. It prologues the concept of “Don’t trust anyone, but trust this system”.
In the last of his deliverance, the Huawei president further proposes three ideas to making smart cities more smarter. It includes- solving cross-sectoral problems, building a unified management network, and providing full support to urban intelligence.
Avail the Free Screen Protector services for your smartphones: Huawei South Africa
After introducing a bunch of smartphones, Huawei South Africa offering free screen protector services in the country. All users with Huawei branded phones no matter old or new can avail these services before the end of this month.
Now users need not worry about the precious screen of their devices after applying a screen guard. It’ll extend the durability of the device before letting the screen gets scratched. This is one of the after-sale services of the company to present its gratitude to users for showing their support.
I recommend you not to waste this time and make wait for your device for another offer. Below you can check further details about how to get this free screen guard for your device.
How to get Free Huawei Screen Protector:
All users with Huawei devices including smartphones, tablets, and laptops can visit the nearby service center of the company. This is a walk-in service, all information is available on the company’s service store. If want want to get the benefits soon enter the service centers with your respective device, do hurry.
This campaign is a limited-time offer and will last long until the 31st of October 2021. users still have fifteen days to search and reach the authorized centers. Being a Huawei customer is lucky, isn’t it?