Huawei has started to produce its first processors for ‘smartphones’ manufactured by the Chinese companySemiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) , the new Kirin 710A with 14 nanometer process architecture, which will be one hundred percent ‘made in China’.These measures come in response to the inclusion of Huawei in the List of Entities by the United States , and entail the replacement of the Taiwanese TSMC, until now the supplier of Huawei’s own Kirin chips by the Chinese SMIC, as reported by the portal. TechPowerUp .
The new Kirin 710A processors, which have now entered the mass production process, are a version of the current mid-range Kirin 710 model, from Huawei’s own family of processors .The new chips make use of the 14 nanometer FinFET process architecture and are compatible with data networks up to 4G, with a configuration with Cortex A53 and Cortex A57 cores.SMIC, although it does not have 5 and 7 nanometer architectures like those found in the most modern chips, is currently working on new technologies such as the N + 1 node, which offers performance 57 percent more efficient than 14nm chips, allowing Huawei to develop 5G processors .
TSMC, which is also a supplier to other US companies such as Qualcomm or Apple, recently announced that it will open a semiconductor factory in Arizona (United States) with the capacity to produce 20,000 wafers a month that would start operating in 2024. The Nikkei newspaper reported that It has stopped receiving orders from Huawei and will only continue their relationship until completing the pending orders.