Huawei’s in-house HiSilicon unit designed the powerful 5nm Kirin 9000 chipset that powers the company’s top flagship phone (the Mate 40 series) and the 5G base station used for its 5G networking gear. Unfortunately, the U.S. Commerce Department changed an export rule that blocks any foundry from shipping to any chip made using U.S. sourced technology. As a result, Huawei hasn’t been able to obtain enough cutting-edge components. For example, it had ordered 15 million units of its 5nm Kirin 9000 SoCs, but only 8.8 million of them were delivered to Huawei.
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