Can Huawei’s Kirin Catch Up with Apple’s A19 Chip, which may use 2nm tech?
Since the announcement of Huawei’s Kirin chipset’s return, Chinese consumers have shifted their attention to the competition between Kirin and the current high-tech chips from Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Apple. They all hope that Huawei can quickly catch up with the world’s most advanced mobile chip technology, and achieve the rise of truly domestic mobile chipsets. However, it’s been reported that Huawei’s latest Kirin 9000s still uses the 7nm process technology, while recent news reveals that Apple will be adopting a 2nm process technology from TSMC. Can Huawei bridge this gap?
According to the latest revelations from DigiTimes and interviews with industry insiders, Apple will be the first customer to adopt TSMC’s 2nm process technology, which means Apple will be making a leap from the current 3nm process of the A17 processor to the 2nm process. TSMC’s 2nm process is considered a major breakthrough after the 3nm process. This technology will use GAA FET (gate-all-around field-effect transistors) instead of finFET, which can improve performance by about 30% or reduce power consumption by about 40% within the same area. As a result, it is expected to further enhance performance. The 2nm process is scheduled to begin pre-production in 2024 and go into full production in 2025. The iPhone 17 Pro might become the first device to be equipped with a 2nm chip.
However, many people also feel that with the current surplus of performance and advanced technology, there doesn’t seem to be a noticeable improvement in mobile performance. What do you think about this?