Chinese financial magazine Caixin said today, Saturday: Huawei will stop manufacturing pioneering Kirin processors next month, with the growing impact of US pressure on the Chinese technology giant.
And he said (Richard Yu) – CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Unit: US pressure on Huawei’s suppliers has made it impossible for the company’s HiSilicon division. Continue making the major processors and components for smartphones.
In light of the deterioration of relations between the United States and China, which have become their worst in decades, Washington is pressing governments around the world to pressure Huawei, under the pretext that it will hand over data to the Chinese government on charges of espionage. Huawei denies it is spying for China. The United States is also seeking to push Canada to extradite Huawei’s CFO (Ming Wanju), on charges of bank fraud.
In May 2019, the US Commerce Department issued orders requiring software and manufacturing equipment suppliers to refrain from doing business with Huawei without first obtaining a license.
According to Caixin magazine, “As of September 15th, our flagship (Kirin) processors cannot be produced,” Yu said. “Our AI chips also cannot be processed. This is a big loss for us. ”
Huawei’s HiSilicon division relies on programs from American companies, such as Cadence Design Systems or Synopsys to design its chips, and it also uses external sources for production, such as Taiwanese semiconductor maker TSMC, which uses equipment from American companies.
The HiSilicon division produces a wide range of processors, including its line of (Kirin) processors, which only work in Huawei smartphones, and are the only Chinese processors that can compete with those of Qualcomm of America in terms of quality.
“Huawei started exploring the chip sector more than 10 years ago, from extreme lag, to slight lag, to catch-up, then to leadership,” Yu was quoted as saying. “We have invested enormous resources for research and development, and have gone through a difficult process,” he added.