Huawei chip Ascend, Kunpeng and Balong to return this year
Huawei is preparing to return to the chipset market and the company’s HiSilicon chipset designing arm may probably have found the cure to revive the business chip by this year.
According to a Weibo tipster, old Huawei enterprise and industry semiconductor and chipset solutions including Ascend, Kunpeng, Tiangang, and Balong are making an appearance in the second of 2023. Huawei had to stop producing them following wide US restrictions in 2020.
Huawei producing chipset?
Well, Huawei and other Chinese tech companies have collaborated and found a way to produce low-chipset nodes. This would help companies such as Huawei to make chipsets for most of its requirements. Since telecom equipment doesn’t require advanced process technology, it could play a major role for the tech maker in current scenarios.
Therefore, without relying on chipmakers such as TSMC, Huawei could go on full mode to produce them in house.
The tipster mentioned that in the second half of this year, Huawei could unleash these four chipsets along with other chip solutions. Up until production restrictions, HiSilicon made a big portfolio of different semiconductor products, Including:
- SoC chips (Kirin series)
- AI chips (Ascend series)
- Server chips (Kunpeng series)
- 5G chips (Balong and Tiangang series)
- Router chips
- NB-IoT chips
- IPC video codec and image signal processing chips
These are just some key examples, the company also had more plans, which had been curbed.
For your information, Huawei has already returned Kirin this year with the launch of Kirin 710 (renewed) with a 14nm process. Smartphones in the budgets series are now using this processor and running quite well.
However, a flagship-level processor may not come until next year or so. This is due to the requirement for a high-end node to make a competitive chipset.
However, people are excited to see what the revival of these products would bring to the company. Also, the return of the Huawei chip this year could open more possibilities for business for the Chinese company and it should sell them to third-party customers in order to generate a good industry supply chain.