Huawei Technologies Kunpeng 920 challenges Intel’s CPUs in server market

Along with the launch of its Kunpeng 920 chipset, Huawei has launched servers which will house the Kunpeng 920 chip. Incidentally, Huawei has a long term partnership with Intel.

On Monday, in a significant development, China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd launched new server chips that is aimed at reducing its imports and reliance on U.S. chipmakers.

With its telecom equipment business coming under growing scrutiny by countries across the globe, who are wary of Chinese government influence over the firm, Huawei, which derives the bulk of its revenues from its smartphone and telecommunications businesses, is seeking to boost its revenue streams from growth avenues, including enterprise services and cloud computing.

Chinese firms are also seeking to minimize the impact from the U.S.-China trade war.

The development assumes significance, since its chipset, the Kunpeng 920, has been designed by HiSilicon, its subsidiary. It can potentially boost its credentials as a semiconductor designer.

Incidentally, HiSilicon also produces the Kirin series of smartphone chips used in Huawei’s high-end phones; it also makes the Ascend series of chipsets for artificial intelligence computing which was launched in October 2018.

According to its statement, the Kunpeng 920, sports a 7 nanometre, 64-core central processing unit (CPU). This is a key feature for data centers who want high computing performance at reduced power consumptions.

The Kunpeng 920 is based on the architecture of British chip design firm ARM, owned by SoftBank Group Corp, and seeks to challenge the dominance of Intel Corp’s CPUs in the server segment.

According to William Xu, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer, the Kunpeng 920 aims to “drive the development of the ARM ecosystem”. He went on to add, the chip has “unique advantages in performance and power consumption”.

Significantly, Xu added, Huawei will continue its “long-term strategic partnership” with Intel.

Along with the release of this chip, Huawei also released its TaiShan series of servers which will be powered by this new chipset.

Huawei servers are built for distributed storage, support ARM native applications and are aimed at solutions that target the big data market.


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