Back in May, we reported that Huawei is preparing a Kirin A2 wearable chip and it’s finally launched. Showing that we were right about this massive revelation.
This launch confirms that Huawei has long-term plans for future smart wearables. The product using this product includes smart audio and smartwatches. The FreeBuds Pro 3 is also equipped with new Kirin A2 chipset.
Huawei knows how to design a chip but the challenge was to print the design. Since these types of chip doesn’t require advanced chip processing tools, Huawei didn’t have to stretch too far to manufacture them. Instead, the available tools came in handy.
The first version of Kirin A series chip came in 2019, the same year as the US export ban. However, Huawei was allowed (at that time) to print new chips via Taiwan’s TSMC.
In 2020, Huawei cut off from the global supply chain as well and it stopped manufacturing new chipsets. The company collected a big chunk of Kirin A1 for various wearables devices launched until 2021.
Afterward, Huawei said in multiple instances, the company didn’t fire chip engineers from its subsidiary – HiSilicon. During this timeline, the company had immense financial issues.
HiSilicon is known as the largest chip-designing company in China. It was also one of the most recognized chip firms in the global semiconductor market before the US sanctions. Over the past three years, HiSilicon kept on researching new designs that could work lowest node.
Chip designs such as Kirin A2 reflect Huawei’s effort to work with the domestic manufacturer. On the other hand, keeping the process and the processor secret is one of the most important aspects that the company is worried about.
Still, unlike smartphones, Huawei didn’t shy away from showing this new chipset to the world. It’s confirmed by Huawei itself that Kirin A2 chip is launched and it’s here for consumers.