Earlier today (4th September 2020), a report from Sohu revealed that Huawei has apparently decided to delay the launch of its 5nm Kirin mobile processors and are urging TSMC to deliver the orders as soon as possible.
According to industry sources close to the matter, the Chinese tech giant is making this move to keep a low profile while still receive their orders on time before the US deadline. For those unaware, TSMC has stopped taking orders from Huawei due to US sanctions and is currently only working on completing existing orders. Furthermore, the company was expected to announce its new generation of chips during the IFA event as well.
Sources claim that Huawei has determined internally that it would not be announcing its new 5nm Kirin chip at the IFA 2020 conference, and are waiting for the delivery of chip orders from TSMC. At the moment, the world’s largest contract chipmaker is working around the clock to deliver the large orders before the 14th September 2020 deadline, after which it cannot take any additional Huawei orders.
This entire situation is indicative of the dire impacts the recent US crackdown has had on Huawei. The Trump administration has not only cut off its chip supply but has also reformed certain regulations to cut off the company’s supply chains that involve American made technologies as well. So stay tuned, as we will be providing more updates when more information is available.
World news – CA – Huawei delays its 5nm chips, urges TSMC to deliver orders before deadline: Report – Gizmochina