Huawei may have been kicked out of the US market, but the company is showing no signs of surrendering. Joining China’s movement to gain technical independence from the West, Huawei has been working hard to launch its own HarmonyOS based on the OpenSource Android SDK. However, it looks like the company isn’t going to stop at smartphones. According to sources, Huawei is preparing to enter the PC market in China, with an aim to curb foreign chipmakers AMD and Intel from government facilities.
The HarmonyOS will be paired with HiSilicon’s Kenpeng 920 processors, packing four to eight cores running at a modest 2.6GHz. These chips are already been utilized in the HPC space, though the core counts are vastly higher (up to 64). The Kunpeng CPUs are based on HiSilicon’s custom TaiShan v110 (ARMv8.2) microarchitecture and the 64-core HPC models use an MCM design with three dies. The chips leverage TSMC’s cutting-edge 7nm process and support DDR4-2933MHz memory.
A Kunpeng motherboard has already been released a while back. It comes with a soldered CPU and four memory DIMMs with support for up to 64GB of DDR4-2400 RAM. You get six SATA III ports and two NVMe based M.2 slots for high-speed SSDs. There are two PCIe x16 and one x4 slot for expansion cards, as well as two NICs with support for GE network ports or optical ports. For I/O, you get four USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, respectively.
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