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Huawei inks deal in Shanghai to create its own microchips
Tech giant will cooperate with China-based chipmaker SMIC and Shanghai Microelectronics to 'break the US monopoly' of foreign semiconductor fabs
by Chris Gill
Huawei inks deal in Shanghai to create its own microchips
A big crowd gathered in central Shanghai for the opening of Huawei's giant new store in the city this week. Photo: AFP.

(ATF) The US has worked aggressively to halt the global supply of microchips to Chinese tech firm Huawei. As the company was originally formed from part of the PLA – the People's Liberation Army – during China's drive to modernise in recent decades, Huawei has always been regarded as a semi-autonomous firm, with a strong allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party.
Within this context, Huawei HiSilicon has proposed that its Kirin series chips, that have been developed over a number of years, go into production. Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei expressed gratitude to the United States for giving the company a real opportunity to develop this product.

It is estimated that Huawei has a big stockpile of chip which will tide it over while it develops its own. In addition, Huawei had intended to achieve a win-win cooperation deal with TSMC, a Taiwan-based chipmaker, but the USA put the kybosh on that.

So, Huawei had to come up with a strategy to cooperate with China-based chipmaker SMIC. However, SMIC lacks capacity and the scale of technology to meet Huawei’s needs.

But now Shanghai Microelectronics has announced it will step into the breach and manufacture the technology that SMIC is missing. If the company can achieve its aim, it will "break the monopoly" of foreign semiconductor fabs.

Throughout the confrontation between Huawei and the United States, the firm has more or less conducted business as usual.

Approval for UK R&D facility
A deal has been signed to build a more than £1-billion research facility in Cambridge Silicon Fen in England. Recently, the South Cambridgeshire District Council in the United Kingdom held a remote planning meeting and approved the construction plan for Huawei's R&D centre, which will become the global headquarters of Huawei's opto-electronic business.

And the UK government has finally given the nod to allow Huawei to participate in Britain's 5G network.

Huawei also has plans for a PC chip design to rival Apple, AMD and Intel.

Today, Huawei mainly depends on the chip supply from SMIC, but the shortage of high-end machines is a major problem for the tech giant. Dutch ASML companies are subject to interference via the shares of American companies and are unable to provide advanced products to China.

As of now, the Shanghai Microelectronics has launched its first domestic machine, using ARF technology, which it says can fully meet the current needs of SMIC.

According to experts, the advanced machinery launched by Shanghai Microelectronics can accurately produce 11-nanometer chips, although the current large demand for Huawei is mainly supplying 14-nanometer chips.

And, based on this new breakthrough, Shanghai Microelectronics is also advancing to a 7-nanometer chip process. After one more step, the company says it will have machines capable of making 7-nanometer chips – "just around the corner".

SMIC has wafer fabrication sites throughout mainland China, plus offices in the United States, Italy, Japan, and Taiwan, and a representative office in Hong Kong. It is headquartered in Shanghai and incorporated in the Cayman Islands.

But misses Singapore 5G deal
Meanwhile, Nokia and Ericsson have been chosen as Singapore's main 5G network providers, telecom operators said, leaving Huawei with only a minor role as the Chinese tech giant faces growing US pressure.

Huawei has been dogged by allegations of stealing American trade secrets and aiding China's espionage efforts, with Washington pushing countries to bar the company from involvement in their next-generation networks.

Huawei has denied ties with the Chinese government.

Singtel, one of the city-state's main telecom operators, said on Wednesday it had chosen Sweden's Ericsson to build its 5G network after the government gave final approval.

A joint venture that includes the country's two other major telecom operators, M1 and StarHub, announced it had opted for Nokia to build its main 5G infrastructure.

However, both M1 and Starhub said that other firms, including Huawei, could have some involvement in the project.

Huawei only won the contract to be a provider for a smaller, local network system, operated by TPG Telecom, a more minor player.

The Southeast Asian city-state tries to maintain good relations with both the US and China, and Information Minister S. Iswaran insisted that no company had been excluded in the selection process.

"We have run a robust process spelling out our requirements in terms of performance, security and resilience," he said, adding that mobile network operators also had their own criteria.

"There is a diversity of vendors participating in different parts of the 5G ecosystem, and... there remain prospects for greater involvement in our 5G system going forward."

Iswaran said the 5G investments will run into "billions of dollars".

'Knowing your supplier'
Singapore is aiming to have ultra high-speed internet coverage for half of the country by the end of 2022, and expand it to cover the entire island by the end of 2025.

The US government launched a worldwide campaign against Huawei, the world's largest supplier of telecom network equipment and the planet's number two smartphone maker, about 18 months ago.

Washington essentially banned Huawei from the US market last year, although earlier this month it let the firm back into the fold when it comes to companies working together to set standards for 5G networks.

The Pentagon has published a list of 20 Chinese companies it says are backed by the military, in the latest instance of a running tit-for-tat economic battle between Washington and Beijing, and Bloomberg reported Huawei is one of them.

"As the People's Republic of China attempts to blur the lines between civil and military sectors, 'knowing your supplier' is critical," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in Washington.

The list covers firms "owned by, controlled by, or affiliated with China's government, military, or defence industry," Hoffman said in a statement.

"We envision this list will be a useful tool for the US Government, companies, investors, academic institutions, and likeminded partners to conduct due diligence with regard to partnerships with these entities."

Huawei did not immediately respond on the publication of the list.


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BEIJING -- China's largest ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has deployed dozens of self-driving vehicles on the streets of Shanghai in its biggest automated-taxi trial, the company said Saturday, seeking an edge on rival Baidu.

Didi launched the test operation of fully autonomous "level 4" taxis on a road in the Jiading District on the outskirts of Shanghai. A safety officer will sit in the driver’s seat during the trial, which offers free rides for now.

Using the driving data of more than 550 million users, Didi aims to capitalize in the autonomous driving field ahead of its rivals.

In addition to the trial in Shanghai, Didi is developing automated driving technology in Beijing, Suzhou City in Jiangsu Province, and in the U.S. state of California.

In 2018, Didi launched "D Alliance," a ride-sharing corporate partnership that includes
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and Volkswagen. Didi hopes the alliance with accelerate the development of self-driving vehicles.

Leading Chinese search engine company Baidu has set up the "Apollo" platform to develop autonomous driving technology. It has received support from the Chinese government and launched a test service of robotaxis in the central Chinese city of Changsha last year.

Didi hopes it can catch up Baidu by making full use of big data it amassed through its ride-sharing service.


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5g module use 12nm, it means HUAWEI can use SMIC 14NM for its base station/module, only the cellphone division for high end is in danger.

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5G module with China-made chip to be mass-produced in Q4
2020-06-29 20:16:44 GMT+8 | cnTechPost
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5G module with China-made chip to be mass-produced in Q4-cnTechPost

Chinese wireless communication equipment maker Fibocom Wireless today announced the FG650, a 5G module with UNISOC Chunteng V510, in partnership with UNISOC.

The Fibocom Wireless FG650 is a high-performance, cost-effective 5G module powered by the UNISOC Chunteng V510 China-made chip.

It supports SA and NSA dual-mode networking, 5G Sub 6 and mainstream global frequency bands.
It is backward compatible with 4G/3G, and the pin design is compatible with mainstream 5G modules and LGA package.
It supports multiple functions such as VoLTE, Audio, eSIM, etc. It provides USB/UART/SPI/I2C/SDIO interfaces to meet various application requirements in the IoT industry.

Fibocom Wireless FG650 can be used in a variety of IoT terminal forms, including power industry gateways, power differential protection devices, power communication terminals, HD webcams, 5G CPE, OTT BOX, VR/AR, industrial gateways, 5G live video terminals, AGVs, drones and more.
5G module with China-made chip to be mass-produced in Q4-cnTechPost

The Fibocom Wireless FG650 has the technical advantages of high integration, high performance and low power consumption, and can automatically adapt to NSA and SA dual-mode networking.
It supports all the 5G bands of China's four major carriers as well as mainstream global bands to meet the different needs of the global market for 5G high, medium and low bands.

The FG650 5G module is scheduled to start engineering sampling in July and will be ready for mass production in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Chunteng V510 is UNISOC's first 5G baseband chip based on the Makalu technology platform, which uses TSMC's 12nm process to enable multiple 2G/3G/4G/5G communication modes.
It complies with the latest 3GPP R15 standard, supports the Sub-6GHz band and 100MHz bandwidth, and supports both SA (independent networking) and NSA (non-independent networking) networking modes.

Fibocom Wireless is China's first A-share listed wireless module company for the Internet of Things (IoT), providing 5G/4G/LTE Cat 1/3G/2G/NB-IoT/LTE CatM/Smart/vehicle grade wireless communication modules and one-stop wireless solutions for IoT applications.
With more than 1,000 employees worldwide, Fibocom Wireless has products and services in more than 100 countries.


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Hi Skywatcher

You are correct again, HUAWEI will use third party Chip for 2021.

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2021 Huawei P50 processor may not be from HiSilicon
2020-06-29 23:04:58 GMT+8 | cnTechPost
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2021 Huawei P50 processor may not be from HiSilicon-cnTechPost

For reasons that are well known, Huawei's self-developed HiSilicon chip is going to face a big test, and TSMC may not be able to continue foundry work if it doesn't get U.S. approval in September.

The good news is that Huawei's 5nm Kirin 1000 series processors are guaranteed to be available in 2020. What about Huawei's smartphones in 2021?

Huawei is unlikely to give up on the phone business, with the flagship P50 series in the first half of next year, which has previously been officially said to be in the works, and it will likely continue to use 5nm processors.
Huawei will also have new phones with 5nm processors next year, according to supply chain source @手机晶片达人. The processor is not designed by HiSilicon. That said, Huawei's P50 series next year will likely feature a third-party 5nm processor.
He didn't specify where the 5nm chips will come from, but there are only a few in the world that can design 5nm process phone chips, and combined with this year's situation MediaTek's Dimensity 2000 series is more likely.


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China-made Zhaoxin CPU enters the Silicon 100 list
After the KX-6000 series x86 processor entered the "Shanghai Design 100+" list, China-made Zhaoxin CPU has recently been added to the global "Silicon 100" list for 2020.

Zhaoxin is one of eight Chinese companies to make the list, and this is the third time it has made it to the China IC Design Achievement Award. The award stage.

The China IC Design Achievement Award has been held continuously for 19 years, and is one of the most important technical awards in the Chinese electronics industry.

The "Silicon 100" was formerly known as the Silicon 60, and the list was compiled by ASPENCORE's media arm EE Times.

In 2017 and 2019, with the Kaixian ZX-C and Kaixian KX-6000 Zhaoxin has twice won the "Greater China IC Design Achievement Award - Processor of the Year" for the performance of its family of processors. Awards.

Zhaoxin CPU R&D team won the "China Outstanding IC Design Team" award in 2019.

In terms of floating point performance, as 3DMark didn't pull off much of a difference, the Zhaoxin KX-U6780A It can reach 72% of the i5-7400.

Integer performance is a highlight, the KX-U6780A is about 6% better than the i5-7400.
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we have a chance , we can overcome, we can win

hopefully within 5 years


China Focus: Chinese researchers explore possibilities of carbon nanotube-based chips
Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-29 23:58:38|Editor: huaxia

by Xinhua writers Guo Ying, Wei Mengjia

BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhua) -- With silicon-based chips nearing their performance limit, Chinese researchers are making progress in using alternative semiconducting materials to design future generation computer chips.

In May, researchers with the Peking University published their study in the journal Science, reporting on aligned, high-density semiconducting carbon nanotube arrays for high-performance electronics.

The carbon nanotube arrays could be used to fabricate large-scale integrated circuits, with the performance exceeding those of conventional silicon transistors with similar dimensions.

The semiconductor industry has been dependent on Moore's Law to improve performance, but the development of conventional silicon-based chips is slowing down. Scientists and engineers have been trying to find alternative materials that could help sustain the computing power of new devices.

Zhang Zhiyong, one of the researchers, said carbon nanotubes have been considered as promising candidates to replace silicon in making transistors. Researchers around the world, including those from IBM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have been working in the field.

However, attempts to create large-scale integrated circuits using carbon nanotubes have been troubled by fabrication and purity problems, Zhang said, adding that the carbon nanotubes have to be packed densely enough to make good transistors.

"We have developed a method using high-purity carbon nanotubes and lining them up in high density, which helps push carbon-based semiconductor technology from laboratory research to industrial application," Zhang said.

Peng Lianmao, the leading researcher, has been dedicated to building semiconductor devices with carbon nanotubes for more than 20 years. He said carbon nanotubes with the advantages of low cost, low power consumption and high efficiency, can be an ideal material for developing the next generation of transistors.

"Our research on carbon nanotube-based transistors may lead the way for China's chip industry to surge ahead," Peng said.

However, it is not easy for any scientific outcomes to be industrialized, especially for high-performance integrated circuits.

"Our lab in the university is not enough for the development of engineering techniques and industrial chains," Peng said.

In September 2018, the Beijing Institute of Carbon-based Integrated Circuits was established by the Peking University and the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission to foster the research and production of carbon nanotube-based chips.

Government support and company cooperation are indispensable to realize industrial-scale production of carbon nanotube-based chips, Peng said.

"China is investing big in its chip industry, and is willing to embrace new emerging technologies. This creates a favorable environment for the development of carbon nanotube-based chips," Peng said.