24 November 2020
Huawei’s efforts to become a self-reliant or self-sufficient company aren’t hidden in the tech world. The company had set a goal to become the top smartphone company long before and like any other company, Huawei was already working hard to achieve this goal. It’s just that Huawei’s efforts became more prominent when the US government exerted a trade ban on it.
Huawei is facing many hurdles all together but the company has prepared itself for it. Also, meanwhile, certain tech companies are resuming their business with the affected Chinese smartphone maker post gaining the necessary license. So, there aren’t many black clouds hovering over it anymore. But still, the situation is still not as pleasant as it used to be. So, Huawei will have to prepare itself to be ready for any unfavorable consequences. One such plan of it has reportedly surfaced online that claims Huawei is building a new chip factory so to make important components for its telecom hardware business in-house only.
According to the Financial Times, the factory will be run by Huawei’s partner, Shanghai IC R&D Center. Based on the report, the factory will initially be used to create legacy 45nm chips. The plan is to move on to 28nm by 2021 and 20nm chips by 2022.
The report further states, these chips will be used for TVs, IoT devices, and in building up 5G network infrastructure. But there is currently no word on their usage in Huawei’s phones. Well, Huawei has a long way to go and it is too early to predict the timeline of the usage of the chips in smartphones. There are reports that some companies have received the green signal from the US government to work with Huawei but the rule still bans the company from buying for its 5G business.