Lifebuoy for the Chinese: Samsung will start producing chips for Huawei


The mobile business of the Chinese company Huawei is on the verge of collapse due to tougher US sanctions. But it looks like Huawei has a lifeline in the face of the South Korean giant Samsung.

Due to the sanctions imposed by the US government last year, Huawei can no longer cooperate with companies that use US technology in their activities. As a result of this ban, Huawei has lost access to most of its suppliers and manufacturing partners. Among them was the Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC, which was engaged in the production of Kirin processors for Huawei devices. And if there are no chips, then there are no smartphones either.

Yes, at the time of the tightening of sanctions, Huawei had some stock of processors, but they quickly came to an end and the company had to reduce to a minimum the volume of new mobile devices. And if Huawei wants to keep its mobile business, it has no choice but to use low-grade chips made in China.

But it looks like Huawei has a chance of salvation. According to anonymous sources, Huawei held talks with Samsung, which resulted in an agreement to release the new flagship Kirin chip. We are talking about the Kirin 9000L 5G processor, which will be produced using Samsung’s 5-nanometer process.

Details of Huawei’s contract with Samsung were not disclosed. But this deal raises many questions, at least for the reason that Samsung most likely uses American technologies in its 5-nanometer process technology. And how, in this case, the Korean manufacturer is going to circumvent the US government ban is not clear. We hope that in the near future, insiders or the partners themselves will shed light on this deal.

The exact specifications of the Kirin 9000L are also unknown. But, according to rumors, it is slightly inferior in terms of performance to the Kirin 9000 and Kirin 9000E chips. The first has a main core clocked at 3.13 GHz and the second has a core clocked at 2.86 GHz. And, probably, the clock speed of the central processor in the L-version of the chip will be slightly lower. But it will probably keep the graphics like those of its older brothers, that is, it will be the Mali-G78 accelerator.