Huawei is reportedly working on its next generation Kirin processor, which would be engraved in 3 nm. Information that comes from a known leaker, but which still asks some questions, Huawei can no longer work with its usual supplier TSMC.
Could Huawei surprise its world with a revolutionary new processor? In any case, this is what the leaker Teme says on Twitter, who has often hit the nail on the head in the past. Indeed, he posted a clear message indicating that the brand’s next high-end processor, the Kirin 9010, would be engraved in 3 nm.
A marked improvement which should be felt in terms of power. As a reminder, Huawei recently released his Kirin 9000 engraved in 5 nm. It equips its latest baby, the Mate 40 Pro, and shows really interesting performance, beating Samsung’s Exynos 2100 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 875. Talking about a new SoC of the same kind is therefore very intriguing.
The Kirin 9010 could therefore be the flagship processor of the park equipping the Mate 50 in 2020. However, we must take this statement with great caution. Huawei is indeed in a complicated situation and for the moment, nothing says that the brand is in the capacity to continue to produce SoCs of this quality.
Huawei is unable to produce such a chip
Huawei can no longer work with his usual partner, TSMC. This is one of the consequences of the embargo imposed by Donald Trump on the brand in 2019. In fact, it can no longer collaborate with American companies. TSMC is certainly Taiwanese, but its interests in the country of Uncle Sam oblige it to end this partnership.
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In addition, there is another piece of data that contradicts this assertion. As German site HuaweiBlog notes, 3nm engraving, even at TSMC, is not yet on the agenda and could arrive in just one or two years. The release of a Kirin 9010 engraved in 3 nm in 2020 would therefore be very surprising.
Huawei also faces other problems, such as the inability to use Google’s software suite. The firm would like to emancipate itself from Android with its own operating system, Harmony OS, which could be used on competing smartphones.