20,000,000,000 transistors in Kunpeng 920 server chip

Huawei announced yet another 7 nm chip, designed for the servers Huawei is building for telco networks. It seems to be the largest chip yet announced. Apple and Qualcomm have 16 million transistor chips and Huawei’s Kirin 980 is in the same class.

Designs at that level require hundreds of engineers and cost hundreds of millions. None of the other telecom companies have announced any.

TSMC is the only place on earth that can produce 7 nanometer chips like this today. Samsung is doing similar but I don’t think they are selling any yet. Intel’s “10 nanometer” is comparable but not yet in production.

Huawei will be shipping hundreds of thousands of servers in the next three years.

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