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HiSilicon wants to develop best chips and will not lay off employees even if cannot make new chipsets: Huawei Semiconductor Division

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According to the latest global smartphone chipset report shared by Strategy Analytics, the smartphone processor market has been recorded a year-on-year increase of 21% for the first quarter of 2021.

The market revenue reached 6.8 billion US dollars but Huawei‘s chip designing subsidiary – HiSilicon shows 88% of the decline in the shipment units in comparison with the same quarter of the last year.

Speculation on this matter is being made that Huawei will lay off its employees in the face of the current decline but Huawei has refuted these rumors.

According to Nikkei Asia, Senior Vice President and Director of the Huawei Board, Catherine Chen stated that HiSilicon is still working on the semiconductor technology and researching new chips. She also said, there is no plan to reshuffle or remove the staff or project, even if HiSilicon doesn’t make new chips.

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Elaborating this, she informed that the HiSiliocn division has about 7,000 apprentices by the end of 2020, and it’s a financial challenge for Huawei to keep them as a part of the company. However, as an independent company, Huawei isn’t stirred by the current hurdles.

Moreover, she also announced that Huawei has decided to keep HiSilicon and will move forwards with continued researchers and development. Catherin expects that one day, HiSilicon will make a breakthrough and get its position back in the semiconductor world.

Talking about HiSilicon, it’s a semiconductors company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Huawei. It provides its services related to smart vision, smart IoT, display interactions, mobile SoCs, data centers, and optical transceivers.

After the U.S. sanctions, Huawei is blacklisted and refrained from accessing the U.S. based technologies including the permission to print new chipsets designed by HiSilicon.

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Previously, the rotating chairman of the company, Eric Xu also announced during 2021 HAS that Huawei’s chip designing department, HiSilicon, is not contributing to the company’s earnings. (Read Here)

The only aim of the division is to research new technologies and the company will support them as long as the conditions will be in Huawei’s favor.

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Global smartphone sales declines 100 million units in May: Report

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The Globe is suffering from the COVID pandemic for the past two consecutive years and this heavy decline in smartphone market value and technology year on year. As per the recent counterpoint report, the global smartphone market sales declines 4 percent month on month.

This monthly decline in smartphone sales highly drops the market value. Even after a ‘V’-shaped recovery in the year 2020, the market is not up like pre-pandemic. Meanwhile, as per the recent counterpoint report, the global smartphone market sales decline by 4 percent every month.

On the other hand, while talking about the yearly declination the global smartphone market sale dropped by 10 percent year on year in May 2022 to 96 million units. This is a decrease from the for 2 consecutive past months and a decrease from the same period of the previous year for 11 consecutive months.

Reason for the downfall of Global smartphone market sales in May 2022:

In particular, the corona crisis has not been resolved at an extension but the smartphone market is still suffering from a slowdown in demand due to various factors such as inflation.

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Additionally, the negative outlook continues during the summer, but mainly with the normalization of China, the continuous improvement of the supply-demand balance of the technology supply chain, and the improved macro-economy with mid-peak inflation.

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Due to the environment, it is expected to improve gradually market value in the second half of the year, the time before going down again. The upcoming month can be marked as the promotional period of the smartphone market region-wise. Like,

  • 618 in China
  • August, Diwali in India
  • Christmas and New Year

The Director Tarun Pathak stated that:

The demand for a smartphone especially in the advanced economies is driven by replacement, which makes it a discretionary purchase. And inflationary pressures are leading to pessimistic consumer sentiment around the globe with people postponing non-essential purchases, including smartphones. The strengthening US dollar is also hurting emerging economies. A segment of consumers is likely to wait for seasonal promotions before purchasing to offset some of the cost pressures

(Source: Counterpoint)

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Huawei Mate 50 Pro screen protector has no waterfall design but a potential ‘notch’

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Huawei Mate 50 series is the next generation of Huawei flagship and the company has fastened up the pace to launch this smartphone lineup among consumers. The latest screen protector leak on this matter, suggests that Huawei Mate 50 Pro could leave the large waterfall design and may feature a notch system.

According to the information, a tipster from Weibo (8090DigitalMeishi) has shared a screen protector, which, according to the tipster, belongs to Huawei Mate 50. What’s more interesting is that the screen protector reveals some key information regarding the Mate 50 design, this includes the curvature on the left and right sides and a small cutout on the head.

By looking at the leaked Huawei Mate 50 Pro screen protector design, we can see that the curvature is not waterfall and it’s just a simplified version, similar to what we’ve seen in Mate 20 Pro. On the other hand, the cutout on the head could relate to the earpiece system, and not being confusing it’ll lead to the return of the Notch system.

Exploring further, the display has low bezels on each side, making the display more enjoyable but if Huawei is going to use the notch system then how much it would cover the display.

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Talking about the notch, the Huawei Mate 20 series was the first to adopt such a front camera design that houses different types of lenses. These are:

  1. A front camera
  2. Dot projector
  3. Flood Illuminator
  4. Proximity sensor
  5. Ambient light sensor
  6. IR Camera

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Yes, the notch is kind of sophisticated, and it was quite an impressive inspiration from Apple’s face id but there was some issue that has been found after the launch of the Mate 20 series, which has lowered, Huawei’s belief in this system. The Chinese tech maker pursuit the same concept on Mate 30 notch.

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Therefore, the company later focused on features such as a front depth camera and not face security. The Chinese tech maker has also made a revolution on the front camera gesture features, which have not been used before.

Huawei Mate 50 is far away from the launch date, but previous reports have speculated this phone series unveil in August. If you want to learn more about the Huawei Mate 50 series, check the article linked below.

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Samsung begins mass production of 3nm chipsets

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Samsung is celebrating its first-ever production of the 3nm process. Meanwhile, today, Samsung officially announced to begins the manufacturing of chips using a 3nm process with the advanced Gate-All-Around GAA transistor architecture.

The GAA technology is to use for the first time ever in the history of Samsung. It exceeds the execution boundary of FinFET and lowers the power supply voltage level to improve power efficiency, and at the same time improves the performance by increasing the drive current capacity.

Well, is known for being the world-leading semiconductor technology and this initiative makes them more popular among the world’s top semiconductor manufacturing companies.

The company plans to begin its first application based on nanosheet transistors with semiconductor chips for a high level of performance and power computing. Which will further expandable to smartphone processors.

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Samsung GAA technology:

The 3nm chips with Gate-All-Around transistor architecture are very beneficial for the following points including Design Technology Co-Optimization (DTCO),  and it helps increase power, performance, and area (PPA) benefits.

Additionally, the first generation of 3nm chips can decrease power consumption by up to 45% and improve performance by 23%. On the other hand, the second generation of the 3nm process reduced power consumption by up to 50%, and improved performance by 30%, notably the result are taken as compared by compared to the 5mn chips.

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  • 1st-gen 3nm: reduce power consumption by up to 45%, improve performance by 23% and reduce the area by 16%
  • 2nd-gen 3nm: reduce power consumption by up to 50%, improve performance by 30% and reduce the area by 35%

(Source: Samsung)

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