Huawei prepares to start production of the 7nm Kirin 980 CPU

Samsung recently announced they had finished up their development of the 7nm manufacturing process for mobile processors ahead of schedule, but they’ve still got plenty of competition to contend with. Huawei is easily one of Samsung’s biggest rivals on that front, and rumor has it they’ll start manufacturing their own 7nm Kirin 980 CPU this quarter, which would make Huawei first to market with that technology.

The processors would manufactured by TSMC, a company that can already manufacture smaller chip sizes like that. Outside of that, however, there’s not much else that we know about Huawei’s next generation processors. The Kirin 970 is already a very capable chip, but we can probably expect some improvements to graphics performance and AI in the newer iteration.

With all of that being said, don’t expect to see the newer processor in anything anytime soon. Like Samsung’s 7nm Exynos processor and the Snapdragon 855, it will probably be 2019 before the processors are available in any mainstream devices.

source: Gizmochina