According to some sources, Huawei’s return to the segment of flagship smartphones with 5G support was made possible not by using the stocks of mobile chips accumulated since 2019, but thanks to cooperation with the Chinese company SMIC, which has already learned how to produce Processors comparable to foreign 7nm and 5nm solutions. One of them just formed the basis of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro smartphone.
A similar hypothesis was put forward in the publication South China tomorrow postbased on survey data TechInsights. According to the latest source, the HuSilicon Kirin 9000S processor uses SMIC’s N+2 manufacturing technology, which in one interpretation refers to the second generation of 7nm process technology and in another it is equated with 5nm process technology. At least the most recent comparison stuck with the N+2 technology as presented in a Chinese publication. Global Timeswhich referenced SMIC’s ability to manufacture such chips at least twice.
SMIC itself does not comment on its technological capabilities due to the US sanctions, but third-party sources believe that the company itself is capable of producing chips that are close in characteristics to foreign 7nm and 5nm products , then both the scale of the shortcomings and the volumes of production, not to mention the cost of such products, do not allow to speak of commercial success in the generally accepted sense. Rather, for Huawei, buying such processors is a prestige move and a victory over US sanctions that cut the company off from cutting-edge US technology in 2019.
By the way, the South China Morning Post cites another hypothesis that explains the appearance of the HiSilicon 9000S processor as part of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro smartphone. According to some sources, the Chinese giant could start production of such processors on its own via tacitly acquired companies in China. So far, this version doesn’t sound very plausible, but more and more publications are emerging that speak of Huawei’s intentions to go in this direction.
resource Huawei Central assumes that the HiSilicon Kirin 9000S processor will be based on Huawei’s proprietary TaiShan architecture, which is an evolution of the Armv8-A microarchitecture. It combines four powerful cores (with frequencies up to 2.62 GHz and 2.15 GHz in pairs) and four economical cores (with frequencies up to 1.53 GHz), as well as the graphics subsystem Maleoon 910. It is reported that this processor one after Huawei uses advanced spatial layout by standards, but it’s difficult to judge unequivocally what exactly that means. This can refer to both the integration of the modem on the chip and the use of chiplets as part of the processor itself.