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Huawei, back to square one, is apparently planning to build an indigenous 45nm chip within a year

Huawei’s initial foray into indigenous CPU manufacturing will likely start with a 45nm chip (Image source: Huawei)
Huawei’s initial foray into indigenous CPU manufacturing will likely start with a 45nm chip (Image source: Huawei)
A Weibo tipster claims that Huawei’s “Tashan” semiconductor project will start all the way at the top with experimental 45nm silicon, built using fully indigenous technology. The post indicates that a 45nm Huawei part, likely built in collaboration with a Chinese fab, will be ready within one year.
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A report by a Weibo tipster indicates that Huawei is starting from the top with its indigenous CPU manufacturing strategy. The Chinese phone manufacturer is evidently planning to collaborate with a Chinese fab in order to build a fully indigenous 45nm chip within the next year. 

Weibo tipster “Peng Peng Jun arrived” claimed that Huawei will “take root in all aspects,” implying that the company will go right back to the roots of the technology. A fully indigenous 45nm chipset would be a first step towards eliminating Huawei’s dependence on Western brands and IP, as it faces intense scrutiny, pressure, and sanctions by a number of governments. 

However, this report also implies that it might be several years before we see competitive chips from Huawei again. To put things into perspective, 2011’s MSM7227A, featuring the Adreno 200, was built on the 45nm process, and is an order of magnitude slower than modern SoCs. Unless Huawei follows an accelerated cadence or skips over multiple fab processes, the “Tashan” CPU project might end up being too little, too late. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-08-12 (Update: 2020-08-12)