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Huawei Kirin 990 5G-ready chipset to debut in Q1 2019: Report

Huawei Kirin 990 chipset will be manufactured on the 7nm process. Huawei has reportedly started working on the upcoming chipset.

tech Updated: Nov 10, 2018 14:50 IST
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Kirin 990 SoC is expected to be the first 5G-ready chip.(REUTERS)

Chinese tech giant Huawei is working on its next “Kirin 990” chipset with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) which is likely to be unveiled in the first quarter of 2019, the media reported.

The processor would feature the second-generation 7nm process and is likely to debut as the first 5G-ready chip from the company.

“Industry chain sources claim that the Huawei has already started working on the Kirin 990 SoC. The cost of testing the Kirin 990 chipset is very expensive. Each test requires an investment of around 200 million Yuan,” Gizmo China reported on Friday.

The processor is expected to arrive with “Balong 5000 5G” modem.

“The more advanced fabrication technology that will be used to manufacture the Kirin 990 offers 20 per cent increased transistor density, 10 per cent reduced power consumption, and 10 per cent improved overall performance compared to the chipsets built using the first-generation 7nm chipset from TSMC,” The Android Headlines reported.

The tech giant launched its Kirin 980 chip at IFA in Berlin in August that powers its flagship devices. The chipset is scheduled to debut in the Indian market in the fourth quarter of this year. Huawei Mate 20 series is powered by the Kirin 980 Soc. The smartphone was launched at an event in London on October 16.

Kirin 980 is the “world’s first” SoC to sport a modem that supports LTE Category 21 which supports a downlink of 1.4Gbps, Huawei said.

First Published: Nov 10, 2018 14:50 IST