U.S. chipmaker, Qualcomm is looking for U.S. government’s permission to sell processors for Huawei smartphones. Qualcomm said it could be a big loss if Huawei chooses other chipmakers.
According to a report from WSJ, Qualcomm lobbying the U.S. government to lift restrictions on the chipmaker and permit it to sell chips to Huawei.
Qualcomm worries that the ban won’t prevent Huawei from obtaining necessary parts and could just drive “billions of dollars” of US sales to foreign chip makers including South Korea’s Samsung and Taiwan’s MediaTek.
The chipmaker also says that due to the restrictions, its foreign competitors now have access to a market worth as much as $8 billion per year.
Huawei is under the U.S Entity-list since last year, which prohibits the Chinese tech giant from doing business with U.S. companies. Moreover, the U.S. government restrained TSMC, the world’s biggest chipmaker from manufacturing Huawei’s chip designs.
Huawei consumer BG head, Richard Yu has recently confirmed that HiSilicon, Huawei’s chip-making division will stop printing new high-end chipset after September 15, 2020, due to the U.S. sanctions.
Therefore, the company will have to source its chipsets from third-party chip makers. Under the current situation, Huawei may visit MediaTek, which already started selling mid-range 5G chipset for Huawei phones or Qualcomm, which has to clear the U.S. license hurdle to ship its chipset.
Samsung is also in the list of potential chip suppliers and Huawei already purchases display panels and memory components from the South Korean company. So, it won’t be a big hassle for Huawei to negotiate with Samsung if required.
Global smartphone sales declines 100 million units in May: Report
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.
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.
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
Huawei Mate 50 Pro screen protector has no waterfall design but a potential ‘notch’
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.
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:
- A front camera
- Dot projector
- Flood Illuminator
- Proximity sensor
- Ambient light sensor
- IR Camera
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.
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.
Samsung begins mass production of 3nm chipsets
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.
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.
- 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%