Rumor: Huawei developing its own GPU and flash memory chips

Rumor: Huawei developing its own GPU and flash memory chips
Huawei already stuffs most of its phones with the home-grown Kirin chipsets that are designed by the company. Now, a new report out of China states that the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer is about to develop its own GPU and flash memory chips. Back in May, we told you that a KirinOS from Huawei has been on the company's drawing board for three years and will eventually lessen Huawei's dependence on Android. The problem with a KirinOS is the lack of a fully stocked App Store for users.

Kirin's chipsets currently employ ARM's Mali GPU chip, and the hope is that Huawei will be able to better optimize its own GPU design into its Kirin SoC. This could lead to improved performance for the company's handsets. As for the flash memory chips, speculation has Huawei designing the hardware component and then teaming up with one of the industry's leading manufacturers like SK Hynix, Samsung or Micron Technology to have it produced.  

The rumor doesn't mention a time frame when we might see Huawei introduce KirinOS, a home-grown GPU or flash memory chip. The next high-end model appears to be the Huawei P9, the sequel to the Huawei P8 which was launched last April. While the P9 isn't expected to be launched until March, both the GPU and flash memory chips might need more testing before they are used in a new device. As for KirinOS, it does reportedly have a number of years behind it, but it also might require additional seasoning before it faces the public. At the same time, Huawei might not be ready to fully divorce itself from Android.

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source: MyDrivers (translated) via XiaomiToday



16. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

With China Goverment backing them up...

10. Tziggy14

Posts: 629; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Vertical integration folks. It's this strategy that separates Apple and Samsung from the rest of the OEMs(except maybe LG).

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Huawei became Huawei & Huawei semiconductor

9. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Huawei is a broadband networks company as well.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Good Cause If They Develop Their Own Gpu Then They Can Save Money And At Spend More To Have A Better GPU For Their Phones Because Right Now Huawei Phones Suck Because Of The Horrible GPUs They Use. Sure The Kirin 950 Uses The Mali T-880 But It's The MP4 Version So It Sucks.

6. jove39

Posts: 2154; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Huawei should go for custom cpu & gpu. ARM's designs are not best out there. A53 has miserable performance and A57 is/was way too inefficient. Mali gpu performance is no where close to Power VR when compared ALU to ALU. I am glad OEMs are taking this custom design route. I hope for powerful & efficient designs from huawei...they have long history of making network equipment chips.

13. dazed1

Posts: 815; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

A53 miserable performance? Tell that to the mighty impressive RN2 which have not had a single stutter or lag for 5 months here, its uber smooth.

18. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Mali GPU isn't worse than PowerVR. Stop misleading people, I had both.

5. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Android and fragmentation

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5843; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also in other news, somewhat related Vulkan Working Group Update - December 18th 2015 The Vulkan specification is complete and undergoing legal review and final polishing. Google has upgraded to Promoter membership and is now on the Khronos Board.

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I would've bought a Huawei flagship phone if it weren't for the horrible GPU performance..

1. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

I don't really understand, why would an OEM develop an own OS... I mean, I know, for more money through independence from Google. But for the end user the best thing about android is the knowledge, that if they swich for an other OEM's phone, their apps will be there too. So I see this 'let everyone have his own OS' thing a road backwards to the feature phones: back then if you swiched a phone, then you could start everything again, because none of your stuff wasn't there (in this case even if you paid a lot for them). Another thing is the lack of apps on a new OS: even the great Play Store can't compete with Apple's app store, because the developers push out new apps/updates slower for android. Then we have the Windows phones and Tizen phones. Yes, maybe they are great, but they still don't have too many apps. And why would a developer start writing apps for an absolutely new OS? They are OK with the existing ones... Meh, I jost don't get it...

3. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

"... And why would a developer start writing apps for an absolute new OS? They are OK with the existing ones..." So by your logic, you ask why will a car company start manufacturing cars for absolute new buyers or new patners or new retailers? Those car companies are OK with the existing market share, and patners and retailers, and already car-having customers, right??? Or, why will someone start an absolute new company to manufacture and sell Android phones? Consumers are OK with the existing OEMs, right??? Hey have a look at Xiaomi, in less than 10 years they are already at the top 10 of world largest smartphone OEMs, surpassing HTC and Sony who were in the business long, long before Xiaomi! Do you even understand what post??? Please stop embarassing yourself in forums. *SMH*

12. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Please, first off, stop using car analogies it's so 90's and will make the rest of your post moot. Secondly, making an entirely new OS with accompanying app store is something completely different from launching a new phone with an existing OS and app-infrastructure on it. You're the one embarassing yourself.

14. Recycle-bin

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 30, 2015

no, not that analogy, build new OS, it's mean build a car but not use oil (app ecosystem), maybe coal or electric (new app ecosystem), so why people have to change their car if they know it is hard to find the energies.

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Samsung realizes it, and now so does Huawei: Google makes a ton of money off Android for less risk, work, and investment than the OEMs. If you want to be truly competitive, you have to control the ecosystem. Yes, there have been plenty of failures, but you have to try, or else you will just be a handset maker who cedes control the minute someone logs into their Android device and the Google ecosystem.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just like samsung's tizen, they just want to fully optimize their hardware performance without android limitation, they can push any security update without waiting update from google team, they dont need to build touchwiz ground up again for every new android version, as for app count, tizen can run android app.. but maybe it will take years of OS development before it can surpass android vanilla :-/

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1423; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Proper optimisation for one. iOS wouldn't be where it's at today without the proper hardware it was programmed for. Reason why other manufacturers haven't jumped on the same bandwagon is because it's a major investment they couldn't risk on taking.

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