Huawei’s operations face great challenges following the latest US ban, which reduced access to chip supply. Now according to Financial Times, the Shenzhen-based company is currently preparing its own chipset factory (instead of relying on TSMC) which will operate on behalf of the internal R&D company and be supported by the local government.
It will initially only be able to manufacture 45nm chipsets which were initially introduced in 2007.
Earlier this year, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, revealed that the company can no longer manufacture its own chips, which means it has to start from square one. the FT report that 28nm chipsets will be manufactured by the end of 2021 – these platforms are useful for IoT devices; by 2022, Huawei will eventually be able to produce 20nm chips that would be useful for 5G base station activity.
The Chinese company is highly unlikely to get smartphone-worthy chips from its new factory in the next few years, and 5nm process technology is wishful thinking at best. However, the latest reports indicate that Qualcomm may be able to license and supply the Chinese giant.