In the past, it was reported that Huawei is preparing itself to launch some models of electric vehicles in 2021. Also, Huawei was in talks with state-owned Changan Automobile, BAIC group, and other automakers to use their car plants to make electric vehicles (EVs).
Regarding this matter, Xu Zhijun, Huawei’s rotating chairman said Huawei is not a car manufacturer but helps automobile companies build good cars and become intelligent networked cars as well as incremental component providers. Read more
In response to this, BAIC BluePark officially responded that BAIC and Huawei have joined hands. These two brands have been together for more than three years. The content of the cooperation is not OEM manufacturing, but the launch of a joint model-ARCFOX HBT.
BAIC said the first joint manufactured car model ARCFOX αS HBT will be revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2021, where HBT belongs to Huawei BluePark Together.
According to the previous info, in 2017, Huawei and BAIC Group jointly announced their deepening cooperation. Also, inaugurated the 1873 Davidson Innovation Laboratory to develop core technologies and build high-end smart electric vehicles.
During the Shanghai Auto Show 2019, Huawei’s rotating chairman Xu Zhijun publicized that two partners, Huawei and BAIC, would build a world-class car in near future.
In October 2020, ARCFOX at went on the market, which was equipped with Huawei’s intelligent networking and intelligent electric solutions, ushering in the era of 5G smart cars. The ARCFOX HBT comes with the new Huawei smart car solution is the result of the further deepening of cooperation between the two companies.
Back in December 2020, Huawei officially unveiled its 96-line medium and long-range lidar products. Huawei’s lidar is rich in application scenarios, such as small long-distance obstacles, short-distance stoppages, near-end protrusions, tunnels, crossroads, basements, etc. in the actual driving process, and it also has high-speed vehicle detection ability.
Wang Jun, President of Huawei Smart Car Solutions BU, revealed that Huawei plans to reduce the cost of lidar to US$200 or even US$100 in the future.
Before Huawei, Tesla was the most confident brand in the field of autonomous driving. But the technical level and cost control capabilities of Huawei’s solution even made Tesla’s boss Musk unable to sleep.
As of now, Huawei has three kinds of lidar configuration schemes: single, 2, and 3 lidars. BAIC BluePark ARCFOX Polar Fox αS HBT model will adopt the most advanced 3 lidar carrying plan.
According to the information, this new car solution will be equipped with 6-millimeter wave radars, 12 cameras, 13 ultrasonic radars, and a Huawei chip with a computing power of up to 352Tops, forming an autonomous driving solution above the L3 level. This computing power will be the highest among mass-produced cars.
There’s more to know on this matter and we’ll keep you posted.
U.S. is confused over Honor – Ban or Not
After banning Huawei, the U.S. government is now aiming at Honor. The US agencies have recently conducted a meeting to discuss whether to add the former subsidiary of Huawei to the US entity list or not. The meeting seems to soon turn into an argument due to the lack of agreement among the members.
A report from The Washington Post reveals, there are apparently four security organizations that are presenting their perspective on this matter. The Pentagon and Energy Department wants the authorities to black-listed Honor in the market. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department and State Department are strictly against this vote.
In 2019, the Trump administration banned Huawei in suspicion of being a security threat to the nation. Afterward, the US companies withdrew their supply and left Huawei to struggle alone. However, taking it as an opportunity the company started to polish its technologies and making its own empire. Still, there is a long way to cover.
On the other hand, the Chinese firm never accepted the false blame and always opposes them. Furthermore, the Huawei authorities claim all the charges of the US Federal Ministry groundless.
Last December, Huawei sold its subsidiary to a group of Chinese businesses. Thereafter, Honor regained its supply chain including chipsets, Google Mobile Services as well as other partnerships with global tech makers.
Why the US wants to Blacklist Honor:
There is no clear statement why the US wants to ban Honor. The company is no longer part of Huawei and become an independent firm last year. Moving ahead, it doesn’t have a strong position in 5G networking devices manufacturing, which causes any security threat in the country and causes a ban like it did with Huawei.
However, if the company is anyhow banned in the US, it’ll surely bring devastating outcomes. It might lead the owners to give up on the company as it’ll directly cut the supplies from the biggest market. But first, the US has to clear its confusion to ban Honor or not. If yes, then why?
Chip makers to boost 5G RF component production, could help Huawei to bring back 5G phones
The 5G RF (radio frequency) components are a big concern for Huawei as it’s forced to launch its flagship with 4G network access. Launched on July 29 this year, the Huawei P50 series packs a sumptuous camera system, software capabilities, and design. However, the smartphone lacks a 5G communication network.
As reported previously, core 5G components use radiofrequency waves divided into Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) and Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW). Among them, the smartphone makers prefer BAW, whose market is mainly ruled by US chipmakers that are restricted to sell 5G chips to Huawei due to US-Sanctions.
Furthermore, a recent report shows that like other markets, the chip industry has its own working flow. It includes manufactories, packaging, and testing plants to supply 5G RF components. Now the chip foundries are working to expand their business relations and planed of producing more 5G smartphone chips. The positive side of this news is that Huawei could also get access to 5G RF components to bring its 5G smartphones.
Chip Market Status in China:
According to the report, Vanchip Technologies which is a sub-foundry of MediaTek is seeking to work with GaAs. The two parties are accelerating their production to meet the 5G demands across the mainland.
Moving ahead, Qualcomm also contacted Wenmao that will responsible for G sub-6GHz power amplifier (PA). Adding to this, another Chinese supplier Hongjie Technology will provide Qualcomm the advanced 6-inch wafers.
In this line, Qualcomm also extending the RF collaboration on 5G RF front-end products with GlobalFoundries (GF). The collaboration includes sub-6 GHz and cutting-edge mmWave technology to unlock everyday 5G access.
Global Chip Market Status:
The United States and Japan are monopolizing the global chip market at present. The fabless manufacturers including Qualcomm, Qorvo, and Skyworks are planning to work together.
Besides, the other manufactures such as ASE, Amkor, and Changjiang Electronics Technology have ramp-up system-in-package (SiP) and antenna packaging (AiP) integration in their products.
Honor of Kings announce 120Hz support, Huawei Nova 9 come with 90Hz
Huawei Nova 9 will unveil on September 23rd offering four different solid colors- Blue, Violet, Green, and Black. The Nova 9 lineup comes with a 120Hz refresh rate display and features a 300Hz touch sampling rate for maximized touch interactions.
Along with the launch, the Nova 9 will also become one of the unique devices with 90Hz refresh rate support Honor of King game. According to the official information, the next Honor of Kings S25 will also launch on September 23. In this regard, this game expands the new 120 Hz game mode support for more devices for Xiaomi, Black Shark. realme, and others. (check the list below).
Meanwhile, the yet-to-launch Huawei Nova 9 along with Lenovo Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6 will support 90 Hz game mode. However, Huawei Nova 9 originally supports a 120 Hz screen rate, and the 300 Hz touch sampling rate providing a 10-bit color depth.
Meanwhile, the upcoming Huawei Nova 9 along with a Lenovo tablet will support the 90Hz refresh rate. However, it’s interesting that Huawei Nova 9 gets a different variation of the game with a high-performance refresh rate for faster gameplay.
Device List for 120 Hz Support:
- iQOO: iQOO 8 and 8 Pro
- Vivo: Vivo X70 Pro+
- Redmi: Redmi K40 Pro
- Xiaomi: Xiaomi 11 Ultra and 11 Pro
- Tencent: Tencent ROG phone 3, ROG phone 5, Red Magic 6, and 6 Pro
- Black Shark: Black Shark 4, 4 Pro, 4S, 4S Pro, and Black Shark 4 Oversea Version
- realme: realme GT, and GT Neo2
Note: The players of the listed devices can find the switch button for high frame rate mode in the setting interface to enable this function.
Honor of Kings:
Also known as Glory of Kings, it’s a Chinese multiplayer battle arena launched by Tencent games. It was launched in October 2015 and counts among the world’s most popular and one of the highest-grossing games of all time.
Moreover, the official information shows, the next’s season of the game will be updated on 23rd September from 0:00-7:30. The website will be taken down for the changes by the time.