Despite ban on receipt of cutting-edge chips, 3nm Kirin 9010 could be in the works for Huawei

Chipsets are a tough component to talk about when you’re discussing Huawei. That’s because the U.S. has banned foundries using American-made technology to produce chips from shipping them to the Chinese manufacturer. And what makes this so urgent this year is that Apple and Huawei are the first to bring chips made using the 5nm process node to their products. Simply put, the lower the number of the process node, the higher the number of transistors that fit inside a square mm. This typically means that more transistors are inside the component offering greater performance along with more energy-efficiency.

Twitter tipster says Huawei will have a 3nm Kirin chipset called the 9010

The currently employed 5nm Kirin 9000 will be replaced by the next-gen 3nm Kirin 9010 says Twitter tipster

Besides blocking Huawei from receiving chips it designed itself (which were manufactured by TSMC), last year the Trump administration called the phone and networking equipment producer a threat to U.S. national security and placed it on the Entity List blocking it from obtaining parts made by U.S. firms. The move also prevented Google from doing business with the Chinese manufacturer which might have dampened sales of international models. But in China, most of Google’s Android apps are banned anyway. Still, the move forced Huawei to develop its own ecosystem which has turned out to be well received by users.

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