Huawei sets up own chip production without US technology

Posted on Thursday, November 05 2020 @ 11:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The US-China trade war has made life a lot more difficult for some Chinese tech firms like Huawei. Last month it was reported that TSMC would stop manufacturing chips for Huawei. This effectively cuts off Huawei from advanced chip production, as there's no Chinese company that can offer cutting-edge foundry nodes.

TechPowerUp reports Huawei is trying to seek a solution by setting up homegrown production. Huawei is reportedly partnering with Shanghai IC R&D to develop production capacity that's independent from US influence.

It will be interesting to see how far Huawei gets with this. The report says initial production will start later this year on the 45nm node, with 28nm production expected by late 2021.
According to the Financial Times, Huawei is about to enter domestic silicon production with its partner company Shanghai IC R&D. And a big note here is that the manufacturing facility will not use any US technology. The production is allegedly going to start as soon as the end of this year, and the first process that will come out the door will be a rather outdated 45 nm node. The company is expecting to move on to a more advanced 28 nm node by the end of next year.

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