21 June 2019
Huawei which has been facing a lot of trouble due to the US ban is planning to accelerate the launch of its new generation Kirin chips. A new report has stated that TSMC has begun mass production of Kirin 985 chips. Earlier reports had suggested that Kirin 985 chip will be released in the second half of the year, which will be based on TSMC’s 7nm+EUV (Ultraviolet Lithography) process.
Currently, Apple A12, Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980 adopt the first generation 7nm process of TSMC. The second generation 7nm will use EUV (Ultraviolet Lithography) will make the position of the transistor more accurate, and increase the transistor density on the chip by 20%, making the unit area of the chip is more powerful.
The first smartphone chip which uses the EUV (Ultraviolet Lithography) is Huawei’s Kirin 985, which makes it faster and consumes less power. The Kirin 985 is still integrated with the 4G baseband, and it can reportedly be externally connected with the Balong 5000 5G baseband as well.
Yu Chengdong had revealed earlier this year, that Huawei is considering putting 5G functions into the next-generation Mate series. The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro series are also expected to support 5G networks. The company’s new SoC developed after the Kirin 985 will directly integrate the 5G baseband, and is expected to come out early next year.
The Mate 30 which is currently undergoing testing will arrive in October and will launch with the new Kirin processor, however, due to the current tensions with the US government the future of the company remains uncertain.