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Huawei will stop developing its Kirin processors due to the US veto

 

The Chinese technology company affirms that the impossibility of collaborating with companies from the North American country makes it unfeasible to continue manufacturing its chips as of September 15.

The effects of Donald Trump's veto on Chinese technology companies are being felt. Huawei, a phone company that has been on the blacklist of entities in the United States for a year, has announced that it will stop producing its own brand of processors, Kirin, as of September 15. The technology company affirms that the impossibility of collaborating with companies in the North American country makes it unfeasible to continue manufacturing its chips.

During an event held in the Chinese city of Shenzhen last Friday, Huawei's chief executive Yu Chengdong announced that the company's next high-end mobile, the Mate40 series, will be the last to keep Kirin processors inside, billed by the firm itself, as reported by the Asian media Caixin.

The Mate40, in particular, will use a Kirin 9000 processor with support for 5G, as Yu said. This chip, manufactured by the Taiwanese company Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (better known by its acronym TSMC), uses American technology.

As of September 15, Huawei will no longer be able to use the technologies it used to develop and manufacture its Kirin chips due to the entry into force of new sanctions established by the United States in May, which prevent US companies from collaborating with Huawei without a special license. Yu has valued it as a "huge loss" for Huawei.

Recall that since May 2019, with the inclusion of Huawei on the Entity List of the US, the Chinese company is prohibited from doing business with Companies estadoun idenses. This prevented the devices launched by Huawei and Honor - their sub-brand - after this moment from having Google services and compatibility with their "apps".

However, devices released since then have continued to use Huawei's own family of processors, Kirin, which is present in most of Huawei's phones and tablets and its Honor brand today.

Last May, Huawei began manufacturing its first fully developed smartphone processors with Chinese technology, with entry-level models and 14-nanometer architecture produced by the Chinese company Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).

 

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