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China claims 7nm chip lead with Kirin 980

The world's largest telecommunications company Huawei claims to have taken a lead in chip technology with the use of the 7nm Kirin 980 system chip inside its upcoming Mate 20, which is a big smartphone otherwise known as a phablet.

Peter Clarke, EENews Europe, Sept. 12, 2018 – 

The announcement was made at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

The Kirin980 has been developed for Huawei by its chip design arm HiSilicon and the claim is that it will be the first 7nm SoC to come to mass market. It is also claimed it will be the first SoC to sport ARM's high performance A-series processor core, the Cortex-A76. The Mate 20 is expected to launch October 16, 2018. Although designed in China with IP from numerous sources the chip is manufactured by TSMC in Taiwan.

An iPhone announcement is expected on September 12 and this is expected to include a performance boost through an A12 processor that could be made using TSMC's 7nm manufacturing process. So the extent or existence of China's lead in the adoption of 7nm ICs could be arguable.

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