Huawei Kirin has had an inspiring journey in the field of chipset technology. The company has gone through many ups and downs but has managed to make a big name and fame in the mobile application processor market. Huawei chipset is something that one has to take a look at.
From the almost failed K3V1, to the ultra-dynamic Kirin 9000 chipset, the Chinese company has never given up and has shown significant improvements in the processor field.
Over the years, we’ve seen many limitations in Kirin’s progress. The reasons were stiff competition, and the burden of US sanctions caused HiSilcon to stop printing new chips. However, Huawei has proven throughout the journey that a focused mindset and hard work leads you to the doors of success.
And today, we will learn how Kirin chips have evolved over the years.
Kirin’s influence on chip technology
So far, the Kirin chipset has remained a leader in the processor industry for smartphones. It is a set of ARM cores for 32-bit and 64-bit smartphones provided by HiSilicon (Kirin’s designer). To date, the industry has produced many technology package chips for smart gadgets.
Kirin 910 – The first generation Kirin solution
After two HiSilicon K3 chips (K3VX and Kav2 – which didn’t get much attention from consumers) Huawei introduced the first generation of Kirin solution – Kirin 910 in 2014. The processor stands on 28nm HPM and adopts Arm Cortex quad-core A9 processor central.
Besides, Mali-450 MP4 features 533MHz GPU. To deliver fast and smooth performance, the processor features LTE Cat 4 Modem and LPDDR3 at 800MHz. At the time, these were the best items to force in a wizard.
Kirin 980 – The first commercial 7nm SoC
In 2018, the market leader, Huawei, announced the Kirin 980 processor as the first commercial 7nm SoC. Compared to the traditional 10nm package, these processors were able to provide 20% improved SoC performance and 40% greater power efficiency.
In addition, it also provides a set of tools that simplify the difficulties of challenging AI frameworks and enable developers to easily identify the leading processing power of the chipset.
As of effective applications, Huawei Kirin chipset has become very influential in the market. The impact of the chips was so high that even tech giants like Apple and Qualcomm seemed to be in danger. Everything was going well until the American conflicts got on track.
In 2019, Huawei’s use of US technologies and services was restricted. Thus, the company was not allowed to purchase or sell any technology-related components. This action has put Huawei in big trouble.
Because of these regulations, the company faced severe problems with the supply of technology. However, the thing that has been affected a lot is the production of the Kirin chip. As a result, Huawei has to stop printing new processors through third-party manufacturers (TSMC).
Current scenario of Kirin chipset
Kirin 9000 is the newest and most advanced Kirin architecture among us. The processor came along with the Mate 40 series. After that, the company started relying on Qualcomm collaboration for its Snapdragon chipset.
On the other hand, some reports indicate that Huawei’s chipset market share has been severely affected due to lower production and display issues. Meanwhile, industries such as MediaTek, Qualcomm, Apple and UNISOC are benefiting from HiSilicon’s decline.
There was a time when Kirin completely covered the market, and companies like Qualcomm were nervous about producing it.
However, Huawei will not give up so easily. Recently, we may see Huawei preparing for the Mate 60 most likely with a new chipset. It would be nothing short of a surprise if the processor really came to the consumer platform.
Huawei is doing its best to bring the Kirin chipset back to the surface of technology again. Despite the challenges, Huawei is trying to re-establish the supply chain and we hope to see some effective changes in the future.
Below you can check out the HiSilicon Kirin chipset released in the past:
- HiSilicon K3VX – TSMC 110 nm
- HiSilicon Kav2 – TSMC 40 nm
- Kirin 910 – TSMC 28 Nm
- Kirin 920 – TSMC 28 Nm
- Kirin 925 – TSMC 28nm
- Kirin 930 – TSMC 28 Nm
- Kirin 935 – TSMC 28 Nm
- Kirin 950 – TSMC 16nm
- Kirin 955 processor – TSMC 16nm
- Kirin 960 – TSMC 16nm
- Kirin 970 – TSMC – 10 Nm
- Kirin 980 – TSMC Size 7 Nm
- Kirin 985 – TSMC 7nm Processor
- Kirin 990 – TSMC 7nm Processor
- Kirin 990 5G Processor – TSMC 7nm
- Kirin 9000 Series – TSMC 5nm