In the first half of this year, ZTE was restarted by the US Department of Commerce and was banned from using US companies' chips and operating systems, causing the suspension of ZTE's business. Although after three months of mediation and rectification, ZTE reached a settlement with the US Department of Commerce and lifted the sanctions, but ZTE’s losses were heavy, with a net loss of 7.8 billion yuan in the first half of the year. Since the core technology is subject to American companies, the ZTE incident has also become a painful lesson for domestic companies. After ZTE, it also expressed its intention to increase investment in chip research and development.
Recently, Miao Wei, Minister of Industry and Information Technology, visited ZTE's booth. ZTE said that it has developed a 5G core system chip with 7nm and 10nm processes, and it is used for 5G terminals.
In China, ZTE Microelectronics is the third largest mobile communication chip design company after Huawei Haisi and Ziguang.
The People's Post and Telecommunications reported recently that the Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei visited the China International Information and Communication Exhibition. Miao Miao went to the exhibition areas of China Mobile, China Unicom, Tower, Huawei, Putian and ZTE, among which the introduction of ZTE said in ZTE. In the communication exhibition area, Miao Wei is particularly concerned about the research and development progress of 5G terminals. After learning that ZTE has developed 7G and 10nm 5G core system chips with independent intellectual property rights, it has been praised.
According to reports, ZTE has developed 5G core system chips for 10nm and 7nm processes, and it is used for 5G terminals. This means that ZTE may use its own R&D chips on 5G mobile phones in the future, no longer relying entirely on them. External supplier.In April, after being sanctioned by the United States and banned the sale of related chips and components, ZTE held a briefing. The then chairman Yin Yimin said that the core components of the company's main products use a large number of dedicated chips designed and developed by themselves. However, we There are still a large number of general-purpose devices that are inevitably outsourced. It is also necessary to increase technological investment to further improve. The information industry is the most open industry in the world. Countries all over the world are developing technology in the field, which leads to a very scattered procurement chain. No country can independently complete all industrial chains, although the United States Being in a leading position, but American companies also inevitably need a global industrial chain, because the sanctions imposed on us lead to the disruption of our industrial chain, does not mean that we do not have core capabilities.
After ZTE was lifted from sanctions, ZTE Corporation held a general meeting of shareholders. Xu Ziyang, the new CEO of ZTE, said that ZTE Microelectronics will increase its investment in chip research and development, and focus its efforts on R&D of ZTE main equipment chips, such as baseband chips. , 5G transmission switching chips, etc. These chips are a key part of the core competitiveness.As ZTE’s mobile phone processor is rarely publicly reported. At present, it is not clear what ZTE's 5G system chip is. If it is used for terminal equipment, it may be a mobile phone processor or a mobile phone baseband. Considering that ZTE announced the "Xunlong 7510" in 2014. The ZX297510 LTE multimode chip platform was tested by the China Mobile Terminal Quality Assurance Department. This is a few 28nm basebands that were rare in the past. Therefore, ZTE's 5G core chip is more likely to be a 5G baseband processor.
It may be that Huawei is too strong to cover the light of ZTE. Among them, ZTE's Xunlong and Huawei's Kirin processors can support 4G Internet access. It is reported that ZTE's three generations of Xunlong can support Pre-5G. I don't know this. The 10nm and 7nm 5G core chips claimed are not the third generation of Xunlong.
In fact, ZTE's R&D chips are not slow, and they are the top technologies in 5G wireless and core networks. It is reported that so far, ZTE has developed more than 100 chips, the most distinctive of which is the wired/wireless transmission chip.
In addition, ZTE has also done a lot of research and development work on the operating system. ZTE has also won many awards, and its designed operating system has been used by more than 100 countries and regions around the world. Many people may question ZTE. On the technical level, Huawei and ZTE are indistinguishable. However, Huawei's technology is more intimate, and ZTE users have no impression.
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