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Huawei completes its first chip factory and eliminates (in part) its North American dependence


They had already confirmed to us from Huawei that the steps taken could not be retraced, and in its process of technological independence, the Chinese giant has just completed its first chip and semiconductor factory.

They said from Huawei that the path started after the veto of the Trump administration could not be retraced, and the truth is that all the movements of a Huawei that has even shed its signature spin-off, Honor, to give you freedom with American technology, make us think that the future of the petal brand goes through HarmonyOS and its total independence from Google and third-party components.

In fact, most of the components of Huawei phones were of proprietary origin, although the Chinese giant did not have its own infrastructure to manufacture its popular HiSilicon Kirin chipsets, among the best in the industry and with the Kirin 9000 at the helm, but manufactured by TSMC in Taiwan with the obvious problems of stock after the North American veto.

In any case, and while the licenses begin to reach the different companies to trade with Huawei, the Shenzhen giant has not given up in its efforts and already has its first chip and semiconductor factory in China ready, specifically in a Wuhan known for obvious reasons this year 2020, which will occupy an area of ​​almost 209,000 square meters for manufacturing and other related facilities.

Huawei builds its first chip factory

Huawei already has its first mobile chip factory in China.

Huawei is now ready to manufacture its own chipsets in China, although it will be far from returning to the race in the mobile industry

As ChinaMoneyNetwork told us about construction it had been running for a few months, and with the same speed that we have seen in the Asian country to build hospitals, the giant Huawei already has a huge industrial area where will operate an incorporated R&D company based in Shanghai and that it will be in charge of manufacturing the chips on behalf of Huawei.

According to sources close to Huawei, the objective of this new plant is produce its first chips with 45 nanometer technology, to go to 28 nanometers by the end of 2021 and later drop from 20 nanometers already in 2022.

Obviously this leaves them far from competing in a mobile industry where chipsets are already using 5 nanometer transistors, and where Samsung and TSMC itself already plan production lines of even 3 nanometers, so It seems that Huawei will have to continue seeking agreements and obtaining licenses to build your HiSilicon Kirin.

A HiSilicon Kirin 980 from Huawei

A HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset with Huawei proprietary design.

Only Samsung had the privilege of being able to design and build its own chips, as not even Qualcomm or MediaTek have their own factories depending on third-party foundry plants.

At the very least, it will eliminate your dependence on American technology to have chips for network hardware and the like, in addition to gaining valuable experience in semiconductor manufacturing.

Be that as it may, the same sources also explain that Huawei is studying the construction of at least one other foundry that would be located in Shanghai, and that would allow them to grow completing this microprocessor production cycle from the design, which they have been doing for years, to the actual manufacturing.

Only Samsung to date has this privilege to design and build your own system-on-chip, why not even Qualcomm has its own manufacturing plants, like MediaTek, building its chipsets in foundries from Samsung, TSMC and others partners.

In the end, it seems that pressure from the chinese government After the veto of the United States, to achieve independence also in this area, it has paid off and Huawei can say that it has also completed the process of making a chip from scratch and in their own facilities ... We will see if they advance as fast as this market requires!