Huawei’s Kirin 1020 is expected to be the first SoC of the Chinese giant’s chip manufacturing division made on the 5nm node. Of course, developing this silicon is a costly process, with a new report claiming that despite the A14 Bionic being manufactured on the same node, the Kirin 1020 will be more expensive to make.
New report claims Huawei HiSilicon does not want to make a profit, therefore it is not required to develop chipsets at a smaller size
A brand-new report from a tipster named ‘Mobile chip master’ on Chinese microblogging website Weibo claims that the upcoming Kirin 1020, which is reported to be expected in October, will be more expensive than the upcoming A14 Bionic, which is said to be also have been developed on the 5nm process.
Of course, keep in mind that there are multiple production processes, such as 5nm, 5nm + and the improved 5nm node, each variant with different development costs, and it has not been confirmed which HiSilicon chose the Kirin 1020. It has also been reported that the Kirin 1020 will be larger than the A14 Bionic, but smaller than the custom ARM chip expected to be found in upcoming MacBook models.
Mobile chip master also reports that the ARM-based chip for the MacBook will be more expensive to develop, although unfortunately it does not provide details on all three chipsets. Since HiSilicon does not supply chipsets to other manufacturers, cost savings are not a major concern for this division, so developing a larger chip is no problem.
There’s no telling if the Kirin 1020 will actually be faster than the A14 Bionic, but previous benchmarks have shown that no HiSilicon SoC has surpassed Apple’s custom silicon performance to date. However, a previous rumor claims that the Kirin 1020 will be up to 50 percent faster than the Kirin 990, so it will be exciting to see how it performs against the upcoming Snapdragon 875 and Exynos 1000, so keep an eye out.
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News Source: (Weibo) Mobile chipmaster