Huawei unveils new 7nm chipset for servers

Huawei Launches Hi Silicon Kunpeng 920 Server Chips as It Taps New Growth Channels

The TaiShan server offers a 3x improvement in running ARM-native applications in the cloud over non-ARM platforms, while the Kunpeng chipset is 30% more efficient than predecessors, it claims.

Huawei has taken the wraps off its Arm-based Kunpeng 920 chip, which the company says performs better than its competition while sucking down less power.

Huawei today also released three models of the TaiShan series of Kunpeng 920-powered servers - one focused on storage, another on high density and a third focused on balancing both requirements, according to the company, touting advantages in many-core and performance per watt.

The Kunpeng 920 chip is based on the ARM system used increasingly in smartphones and distributed computing.

Huawei Technologies Co. unveiled a new processor chip for servers as the Chinese telecommunications gear giant pushes ahead with expansion despite closer scrutiny from overseas.

For Huawei, the launch of the chipset - called the Kunpeng 920 and designed by subsidiary HiSilicon - boosts its credentials as a semi-conductor designer, although the company said it had no intention of becoming exclusively a chip firm.

Huawei's TaiShan servers are built for big data, distributed storage and ARM-native application scenarios.

Redfox Qiu, president of the intelligent computing business department at Huawei, said the company shipped 900,000 units of servers in 2018, versus 77,000 in 2012 when it started.

Huawei is looking to continue to grow its technological empire through consumer electronics and cloud computing. The Taishan servers aim to further boost their presence in the cloud computing market. Now the firm has hopes of becoming one of the top cloud players on the planet competing with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Google, and Alibaba.

Huawei believes that an intelligent society with all things connected, sensing, and intelligent is underway, and this trend is picking up speeds. "Huawei and Intel will continue our long-term strategic partnerships and continue to innovate together", said William Xu, Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei.

"We will work with global partners to drive the development of the ARM ecosystem and expand the computing space and embrace a diversified computing era".

Kunpeng 920 is the industry's highest-performance ARM-based server CPU. Xu said that the company, despite the recent move, will continue its long-term strategic partnership with Intel and is not a competitor to the US company's x86 CPUs and servers, but just a complementary.

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