We are waiting for Huawei’s new generation of chips to come in September. It will be first launched on the new flagship Huawei Mate series. According to previous news, the new generation of Kirin chips is expected to be named Kirin 1020. Also, we know it will use TSMC’s 5nm process.
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As one of the Weibo tipsters said, the cost of the new 5nm Kirin chip is between Apple A14 and Apple ARM CPU. So we can say the chip size is between them. However, the blogger added that for HiSilicon’s Kirin chip design, chip size and cost are not the main consideration. HiSilicon has no pressure to make a profit. Therefore, for products of the same level, the chip size of HiSilicon processors is generally larger than that of MTK and Qualcomm.
Not surprisingly, Huawei’s Mate 40 series will launch the 5nm Kirin 1020 chip, becoming the world’s first manufacturer of 5nm chips together with Apple.
Is There A Production problem?
Earlier, the same source said that the number of Kirin processor chips that Huawei needs by the end of the year will be produced by mid-September. These include 5nm and 7nm process chips as well as 16nm and 28nm chips. If you wonder why the company needs the latter, they are mainly for small-size accessory products such as headphones and smartwatches. You should also know HiSilicon has self-developed TWS headset Bluetooth chip and much more. Huawei has had to placed order to its subsidiary much earlier to avoid the capacity shortage problem. So when the mentioned products are out, customers will be able to acquire as many units as they wish. This also means the rumors that Huawei has had to postpone the production of Mate 40 flagship phone because of the chip supply problem are false.
In addition, the blogger stated, ‘The United States imposed further sanctions on Huawei in May. But I guarantee that Huawei will release Mate 40 phones with 5nm process Kirin processor as scheduled in October. About 8 million Mate 40 phones can be supplied in the fourth quarter.‘
Kirin 1020 Advantages
As for the chip itself, the Kirin 1020 will be over 50% more powerful than the Kirin 990; with the CPU architecture upgraded from Cortex A76 to Cortex A78. Which means Huawei will be skipping the Cortex A77 currently on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 altogether. Of course, the Kirin 1020 will also come with an integrated 5G modem.