TSMC follows its 3nm, 2nm road maps; chip shortage allows retailers to hike prices of Huawei’s 5G phones
TSMC is ahead of schedule in the development of 2nm chipsets
But starting this month TSMC was forced by the U.S. export rule change to stop making and shipping these high-end chips to Huawei. As a result, until the outfit finds a replacement, more recent phones powered by the company’s Kirin chips will be priced at a premium since Huawei’s inventory of these components is going to run out sooner than later. Besides using its high-powered chips for its flagship phones, the company employs them on the radios it builds for its 5G networking equipment. Besides being one of the top smartphone manufacturers in the world, Huawei is the largest producer of networking equipment on the planet.
Over the last year and a half, actions taken by the U.S. government have forced Huawei to scramble and find replacements for Google Mobile Services including the licensed version of Android and Google’s Android apps. Most of these apps, like Google Search, Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, and Google Drive are banned in China anyway. But the inability to install these apps on Huawei’s international phones might have had a negative impact on sales of such models outside China.
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