Under the pressure of the US government, many US and British companies will not be available to Huawei. Now, there are reports that the EDA design company will stop providing updates to Hisilicon due to the pressure from the US government. It will be a very serious challenge for HiSilicon. The good news is that Huawei Kirin 985 and Kirin 990 have completed the design thus this will go into production when the company is ready.
Huawei can continue to manufacture existing 5G modems, but without the support of some key companies, it may become difficult in the future. According to Nikkei Asia report, Synopsys, a company that provides chip automation design tools (EDA) in California, will no longer provide software updates to Huawei HiSilicon. This decision is not expected to affect the production of the upcoming Kirin 985 and Kirin 990 chipsets, as their design is complete.
In addition to Synopsys, Cadence Design Systems (also a US company) can’t provide Huawei with all the software tools needed to design a chipset. Without the latest software, it is impossible for the Chinese giant to design new chips. Software updates are an integral part of the overall chip process, with an update every week and keeping pace with chip makers.
It is a common thought that since Huawei has its own chip division, the manufacturing of its custom chips will not have any challenge. Unfortunately, the process of chip design is very complex and requires multiple components. Actually, the entire technology industry is deeply intertwined, which is why Huawei may find it difficult to achieve its chip design goal without US suppliers.