The news about Kirin 980 has only declined in the previous period, but as time goes by, the news about the Kirin 990 processor has been published online. At present, domestic media have quoted the industry chain to release news that the preparation work for Kirin 990 has begun. Huawei is also conducting tests with TSMC. It is expected that it will be released in the first quarter of 2019. The official release should be in accordance with the practice.
In terms of production process, everyone may know that Kirin 980 is the world’s first mobile processor with TSMC’s 7nm process. On the next generation of products, Kirin 990, we are still likely to see the continuation of TSMC’s second-generation 7nm process.
According to the news revealed by TSMC, the second-generation 7nm process will use EUV EUV lithography for the first time, and the tape has been completed. However, it may not be until 2020 that it will be officially put into mass production. According to the previous statement, TSMC may have to step up its pace.
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And in terms of cost, this is also a topic that many small partners are more enthusiastic about. According to the news, at present, the cost of the Kirin 990 is only about 200 million yuan in terms of testing work. This can be said to be very high. However, if it is possible to use the new 7nm EVU instead of the 7nm of the previous generation, it will still be acceptable.
We all know that Kirin 980 does not support native 5G, and it needs to be connected to the independent baseband “Balong 5000”. However, it may not be so troublesome to get to Kirin 990. We will see the first integrated 5G on the new generation of processors. Baseband, which also coincides with Huawei’s progress in releasing the first 5G mobile phone at the end of 2019.