China’s Huawei unveils chip for global big data market

BEIJING (AP) – Huawei Techno-logies Ltd unveiled a processor chip yesterday for data centres and cloud computing in a bid by the biggest global maker of telecom equipment to expand into new markets despite Western warnings the company might be a security risk.

The announcement came as Chinese industries that rely on Western technology step up efforts to develop their own.

Huawei said the Kunpeng 920 chip is designed for servers that handle a flood of data from smartphones, video and other network services.

The company said it is part of a planned product lineup to support “intelligent computing”.

Huawei said its 2018 global sales are forecast to top USD100 billion despite curbs imposed on use of its technology by the US, Australia, Japan and some other governments.

Huawei’s Chief Strategy Marketing Officer and a member of the company board William Xu displays a processor chip during its unveiling ceremony in Shenzhen, China. – AP

Huawei, headquartered in the southern city of Shenzhen, has steadily expanded into new industry segments.

Its smartphone brand, launch-ed in 2010, passed Apple to become the global No 2 seller behind Samsung in the third quarter of 2017, according to IDC.

The company has developed the Kirin line of chips for its phones and Ascend chips for artificial intelligence.

The Kunpeng 920 chip is based on the ARM system used increasingly in smartphones and distributed computing.

Also yesterday, Huawei unveiled three servers based on the new chip that are intended for global sale.

“Where we see the biggest value for the Kunpeng 920 is in data centres, servers and big data,” Huawei’s Chief Strategy Marketing Officer and a member of the company board William Xu said at a news conference in Shenzhen.

Huawei has China’s biggest corporate research and development budget at USD13 billion in 2017.