BEIJING • Huawei Technologies Co Ltd unveiled a new processor chip for servers as the Chinese telecommunications gear giant pushes ahead with expansion despite closer scrutiny from abroad.
The Kunpeng 920 is built using the cutting edge 7-nm process and uses the semiconductor architecture of ARM Holdings plc, Shenzhen-based Huawei said in a statement yesterday.
The new chips would compete with the dominant x86 server architecture used by US giants Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Huawei is showing no signs of tempering its ambitions even after a number of setbacks on the international stage. CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested last year on allegations of violating sanctions on Iran, the US and its allies are questioning its security and some wireless customers have resisted using its technology. The company has long rejected suggestions its gear poses a risk.
The Kunpeng 920 performs 25% higher than the industry benchmark, operates at a better power efficiency than its peers and will boost the development of big data, the company said. The company also unveiled a new server based on the processors.
“Huawei has invested patiently and intensively in computing innovation to continuously make breakthroughs,” chief strategy marketing officer William Xu said in the statement. “Huawei and Intel will continue our longterm strategic partnerships and continue to innovate together.”
While best known for its networking gear and smartphones, Huawei also sells components and services for Internet-connected devices. It’s Enterprise Business Group generated more than US$10 billion (RM41.2 billion) in revenue in 2018, about a 10th of the company’s total.
The company shipped 918,000 server units in 2018, a 25% increase from the year earlier, according to presentation materials from Huawei.