Huawei Attempts Turnaround Since US Embargo Took Effect, Accomplishes Recognizable Success In Chip Designing

  • Huawei Technologies Co Ltd accomplished notable success in electronic design automation (EDA) tools for chips produced at and above 14-nm technology.
  • Huawei has developed 78 tools related to chip hardware and software, Reuters reports citing local journals.
  • Huawei will complete testing on the tools this year, rotating Chair Xu Zhijun said in a speech on February 28. 
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  • Huawei cooperated with domestic EDA companies to create the software, realizing the localization of EDA tools above 14-nm.
  • Huawei will also let partners and customers use the software.
  • Cadence Design Systems Inc CDNS and Synopsys Inc SNPS, and Siemens AG's SIEGY Mentor Graphics, dominate the EDA software market.
  • Huawei, a major supplier of equipment used in 5G telecommunications networks, succumbed to U.S. export controls in 2019. 
  • When the U.S. imposed the restrictions, Huawei's chip design division lost access to software and updates to design low-node processors for its smartphones and access to advanced manufacturing tools at chip production fabs.
  • Chip design companies use EDA software to produce chip blueprints before commercializing them.
  • China earmarked over 1 trillion yuan ($143 billion) in support package for its semiconductor industry to counter the U.S. embargo.
  • Baidu Inc BIDU and Alibaba Group Holding Limited BABA focused on RISC-V chips to bypass the U.S. embargo.
  • RISC-V is an open-source technology that some analysts say is less susceptible to U.S. sanctions.
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