Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, is still dealing with the ban by the US. Although the company has a temporary trade license, this issue is far from over. Recall that the US government was supposed to publish the terms and conditions for Huawei’s trade with American companies. However, this was postponed after Huawei announced its new Harmony OS (HongMeng system). For Huawei, it will continue to deal with American companies if there is no restriction. Nevertheless, it appears that the company is now cutting down its reliance on American companies. Recent reports claim that MediaTek will supply Huawei with low-end 5G chips in the future.
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According to reports, MediaTek is progressing smoothly on 5G chips. In addition to orders from OPPO and Vivo, MediaTek now also have Huawei’s orders. The company will supply 5G chips to Huawei in 2020. These chips will probably be for low-end 5G mobile phone. With better demand, MediaTek is now adding orders for TSMC chips. The orders for Q1 could reach 12,000 wafers in 2020 and the chip codename is MT6885.
In order to ensure more adequate capacity, MediaTek CEO, Rick Tsai, met with TSMC in person. MediaTek’s first 5G chip adopts the 7nm process will enter the ES engineering sample stage in September. Its launch will be in batches starting from Q4 2019.