In the near future, Huawei will introduce several single-chip (SoC) platforms, including the Kirin A2 model for wearable devices, Huawei Central reports, citing its own sources. The company has been testing this chip for some time and is now preparing to launch its mass production. If all goes according to plan, the chip will be ready for release in the second half of this year.
According to sources, the Kirin A2 is already ready to start test production and Huawei has the production capacity to do it. According to the source, the plans as well as the specifications of the chip are subject to change up until the final stage before mass production begins.
The Kirin A2 is not designed for smartphones. SoC is used in smartwatches and other wearable devices, as well as other wearable electronics. Manufacturing such chips does not require the use of cutting-edge technological processes, so their manufacture should not be hampered by the restrictions imposed by the US against Huawei.
In September 2019, Huawei introduced the Kirin A1 chip, the first proprietary wearable processor supporting Bluetooth 5.1 and Bluetooth Low Energy 5.1. It was developed by Huawei’s HiSilicon division and produced by TSMC. Kirin A1 was also intended for smartwatches, smart speakers, headsets and other wearable devices. For example, it was equipped with the watch model Huawei Watch GT 2.
After 2019, the company could no longer produce chips developed by HiSilicon in Taiwan, but the latest technological advances allow it to produce its own chips, at least entry-level ones.