On September 15, 2021, the Huawei Ecosystem Development business and its R&D center in Finland announced a collaboration for Digital Finance and Security Innovation Lab (Fin²Sec). This collaboration is designed to address the increasingly urgent requirement for banking, finance, and payment services in Europe to become digital-first. Huawei is looking to collaborate with multiple industry stakeholders to boost progress.
The Lab will be opened at a ceremony in Helsinki, Finland on September 28th. Delegates will be invited to attend presentations during a morning session and will have the opportunity to visit the Innovation Lab later in the day.
During the all-day event, Huawei and participating stakeholders will outline some of the financial industry’s most pressing security and privacy challenges and share the latest industry trends in digital banking, payments, and open banking. Banking and financial participants will also highlight areas of key consumer pain points that the Fin²Sec Lab will look to address through joint collaboration with its participants.
The Helsinki-based Lab is an incubator in which ideas and programs can be discussed and developed, Huawei is aiming to create a base for technology, shape improved industry standards, and develop products and services which are fit for the needs of today.
According to Huawei, the Finland Lab will also focus on facilitating and supporting the financial services sector through innovative technology solutions that improve customer experience and loyalty. The overarching objective will be to bring secure, digital financial services and improvements to payment processes to every person, home, and organization to encourage a healthy and accessible financial life.
In preparation for launching the Digital Finance and Security Innovation Lab, the Huawei team, as a donor of Helsinki-Aalto Institute for Cybersecurity, is working closely with Aalto University and has also invited pan-European banks, FinTechs, and industry associations to get involved. Their expertise and future plans, as well as their input on the challenges they face, which are inhibiting progress, will be the focus of the Lab.
“Unless we work together to strengthen the financial ecosystem, we will continue to struggle to bring secure digital services and products to people in a way that they can easily access, in particular for those that are unfamiliar or feel uncomfortable with the digital transformation,” said Adam Rybusiewicz, Director of Financial Vertical Eco-Development and Partnerships for CEE, Nordics, and Turkey at Huawei Consumer Business Group and one of the innovation lab architects. “The purpose of the Lab is to generate not just new concepts, but to share experiences and challenges, and foster successful initiatives or business models that can be emulated across the finance, banking and payments sector.”
Similar projects that Huawei has launched previously with security improvement in focus have led to significant innovation. An example of this is Huawei’s Digital Car Key feature, an NFC-based app that allows drivers to lock or unlock their car and start it using their smartphone.
“Huawei Finland R&D has been working on consumer device security for almost one decade, and the resulting hardware-assisted trusted environments today host or support critical security services like Huawei Pay, WeChat Pay, car keys, and authentication solutions in Huawei mobile phones. We look forward to sharing our expertise and promote our device security capabilities to the Fin2Sec ecosystem together with our university partners,” said Dr. Jan-Erik Ekberg, Head of Helsinki System Security Lab (HSSL) in Huawei, where he is responsible for Platform Security R&D, especially in consumer devices.
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.