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Huawei Makes Chip Deal with BYD, Say Sources
Huawei Makes Chip Deal with BYD, Say Sources
A BYD Car. Image credit: BYD Website
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Huawei’s semiconductor arm HiSilicon has signed a cooperation agreement with BYD, local tech portal 36Kr reported (in Chinese) on June 15. The chipmaker is exploring new applications: the Kirin 710A will become its first System-on-a-Chip (SoC) to power digital cockpits.

Xu Zhijun, the rotating chairman of Huawei, has also announced plans to build a smart cockpit platform, based on a combination of Kirin chips and the firm’s newly-developed operating system, Harmony.

There is something else relevant about the Shenzhen corporation's attempts in the automotive field: as the company's founder Ren Zhengfei pointed out (in Chinese) in a document released last year, “Huawei does not manufacture cars, but focuses on the ICT industry to become an incremental ICT component supplier for automobiles, helping car makers.”

Apart from direct cooperation with HiSilicon, BYD has cooperated with Huawei before. For instance, BYD’s new model Han has adopted Huawei's 5G module MH5000. The two have also cooperated on products such as mobile phone NFC car keys and HiCar mobile phone screen projection solutions. Besides, BYD is one of the 18 car companies in Huawei’s ‘5G Automotive Ecosystem.’

For Huawei, with the opportunities around vehicle-to-everything (V2X) and smart cockpits, the contract with BYD will increase its share in the semiconductor market. Also, since the United States government launched stricter bans on Chinese technology companies, many Chinese car companies have been exploring domestically produced chips as possible alternatives.

If this deal happens, BYD will become a pioneer among auto companies massively using locally developed microelectronic devices.

The agreement hasn't been officially confirmed by the two companies.

Editor: Luke Sheehan

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BYD is engaged in the research, development, manufacture, and distribution of automobiles, secondary rechargeable batteries and more.
CATEGORIES: Manufacturing, Automobile Traffic, Electric Vutomobile, Automobile Making
Last Funding Type
IPO
Number of Employees
100000+
Number of Funding Rounds
3
Huawei Technologies provides infrastructure application software and devices with wireline, wireless, and IP technologies.
CATEGORIES: Enterprise Service, Smart Home, Hardware, Manufacturing, Emerging Technology and Application, Communication Equipment, Consumer Electronics
Last Funding Type
Number of Employees
100000+
Number of Funding Rounds
0

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BYD
BYD is engaged in the research, development, manufacture, and distribution of automobiles, secondary rechargeable batteries and more.
CATEGORIES: Manufacturing, Automobile Traffic, Electric Vutomobile, Automobile Making
Last Funding Type
IPO
Number of Employees
100000+
Number of Funding Rounds
3
Huawei
Huawei Technologies provides infrastructure application software and devices with wireline, wireless, and IP technologies.
CATEGORIES: Enterprise Service, Smart Home, Hardware, Manufacturing, Emerging Technology and Application, Communication Equipment, Consumer Electronics
Last Funding Type
Number of Employees
100000+
Number of Funding Rounds
0

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