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Huawei’s own ARM adds to a dozen other Chinese ARM CPUs, signals further phone price reduction chances

Inexpensive ARM licensing does pay off sometimes, it seems – for China and, in this case, Huawei, its own phone & tablet ARM for greater cost control…

As you saw from our reports here, Huawei now has its own ARM CPU line – and high end dual-core, not less – in its new phones launched at MWC.  The other phone specs are very decent for a high end unit by any means compared to other leading vendors, but the other fact, that Huawei is the only phone vendor besides Samsung and Apple – LG might be the next one in line – to base the high end phones on its own CPU, is more interesting.

We said before that China wants complete control of its computing hardware, in particular the trophy core – the CPU, for both cost and security reasons. Huawei creates far more than smartphones, keep in mind. Its enterprise networking and telecommunication strength has seriously kicked CISCO in many parts of the world, and the US government seems to panic everytime Huawei sells even a small switch or something, evaluating every sale.

Also, as far as can be seen in China, Huawei has started entry into the server business, and is planning a whole range of systems in this space, including some very high end ones. Of course, ARM can address the 'green server' massive web serving farms, that the likes of Baidu and Tencent there will need regularly, but a combination of own processor and completely own rest of hardware, from server to networking and infrastructure around it – and the client smartphone & tablet cores too – makes for a pretty potent Tier 1 giant.

This Huawei ARM of course just adds to a dozen or so of other Chinese ARM licensees, but don't forget those MIPS, Alpha, Sparc and even their own instruction set (Icube) products all working well. The buffet spread of architectures seems to match the choices that the US had – accent: HAD – in the best days of late nineties… no X86 dominance here – quite a healthy base for future system development, from smartphone to supercomputer…

Nebojsa Novakovic
In the spare time over the past two decades, editor and writer of high-end computer hardware and design features and analysis for European and US media and analyst houses. Reviews of high end hardware are my specialty for 28 years already.

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