Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, produces its own HiSilicon Kirin chips which it uses for its smartphones. Its Kirin lineup is barely enough for its phones thus it still buys chips from the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek. However, recent reports claim that the Balong 711, a 4G communication IoT chip from Huawei is about to hit the market. This is Huawei’s first 4G communication chip that is entering the open market.
Since its release in 2014, the chip has been receiving multiple applications and it supports LTE-FDD/LTE-TDD/WCDMA/GSM multi-mode. This provides solutions for customers in the IoT industry. The Balong 711 sets include three chips: baseband chip Hi2152, RF chip Hi6361, and power management chip Hi6559. The platform has been widely used in various industries and its cumulative global shipment is about 100 million sets.
The first sale of Huawei’s 4G communication chips may become a prelude for the company to market its Kirin chips. From the performance of Huawei’s phones, Kirin chips are quite good. Yu Chengdong, Huawei’s CEO said that the Kirin processor will only be used internally. However, the company is already considering selling its Kirin series. Do you think Huawei will make a difference if it sells its Kirin chips?