Will Kirin processors disappear? On the occasion of the conference China Info 100, the head of the consumer division of Huawei, Richard Yu, indicated that the United States of Donald Trump does have an impact on the production capacities of his company.
On September 15, Huawei will be forced to close some of its chip manufacturing lines. Trump administration banning Huawei from using US tech, including through foreign companies, the Chinese company is indeed trapped.
“This year could be the last generation of high-end Huawei Kirin chips” says Richard Yu, disappointed.
Huawei Mate 40, the latest high-end Kirin?
If Huawei seems to have made enough stock for its next generation of high-end smartphones (the Huawei Mate 40), it will be impossible to go beyond. The brand will no longer have the right to manufacture its latest generation chips and will undoubtedly have to be content with less powerful chips, which do not use any American technology.
It remains to be seen how Huawei will do without the high-end processors of its HiSilicon division. Will the Chinese agree to use chips from another foundry? Would Donald Trump (or his possible successor) be ready to issue a special license to Qualcomm for the Snapdragon SoCs to equip the next Huawei?
This loss would not be that of the Chinese giant. For several years, Kirin processors have distinguished themselves from their competitors by their incredible energy management. Our lab tests often saw the Huawei and Honor smartphones outperform their rivals, despite their excellent performance. The disappearance of such a division would be a blow to the industry.
Of course, let’s not bury the high-end Kirin processors too quickly. While Huawei is no doubt hoping for a change of mind from Americans, this kind of statement from a top executive is certainly no accident. Could this be yet another bluff from the Chinese firm to let Donald Trump think he is winning?
Source: AP News