In a bold move defying the challenges posed by US sanctions, Chinese technology giant Huawei has recently unveiled a new 5nm chip, the Kirin 9006C SoC. This significant technological achievement comes shortly after the company's introduction of the 7nm Kirin 9000S chip, which is currently being used in the latest Mate 60 series smartphones.
Despite the stringent US sanctions that have profoundly affected China’s tech sector and particularly indigenous brands like Huawei, the company has managed to make notable advancements. These sanctions, which limit access to essential semiconductors and silicon from American companies, have posed significant challenges to China-based firms, including Huawei.
Earlier this year, Huawei marked a significant milestone with the release of its 7nm ARM processor, the Kirin 9000S. Manufactured by the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), this processor is a key component of the Huawei Mate 60. The Mate 60, powered by the Kirin 9000S, has set sales records in China, demonstrating the processor's impressive capabilities. While the Kirin 9000S may not match the very latest offerings from competitors like Qualcomm or MediaTek, its advanced design exceeded expectations for SMIC’s current manufacturing capabilities.
Huawei announces 5nm Kirin 9006C chip despite US sanctions
Building on this success, Huawei has now introduced the Kirin 9006C SoC, a new 5nm chip. This processor features eight ARM CPU cores, including four A77 and four A55, with a maximum clock speed of 3.13GHz. Although the specifications of the Kirin 9006C may seem typical, the real achievement lies in its 5nm process node technology. This technological breakthrough, achieved amidst US sanctions, is expected to be manufactured by SMIC, following the precedent set by the Kirin 9000S.
The Kirin 9006C is currently exclusive to Huawei’s Qingyun L540 laptop. However, its potential applications extend much further. There are rumors that Huawei plans to incorporate this powerful new 5nm Kirin chip in their upcoming P70 smartphone series, which is expected to be announced early next year.