Report calls out Huawei’s 5G modem chip for its size and inefficiency


A new report from analytical firm IHS Markit (via Venture Beat) reveals that Huawei’s 5G modem chip, like the one it is employing on the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, is inefficient and too large. This has resulted in the production of a device that is bigger and less energy efficient than it could have been. The phone, the manufacturer’s first to support the next generation of wireless connectivity, is powered by the company’s own Kirin 980 SoC and also is equipped with its in-house Balong 5000 5G modem chip. Both were designed by Huawei’s Hi-Silicon unit but manufactured by foundry TSMC.
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