Huawei calls for massive use of homegrown technology and chips to help construct sustainable computing ecosystem
Published: Sep 17, 2023 11:53 AM Updated: Sep 17, 2023 11:51 AM
Consumers experience the new Huawei Mate 60 Pro smartphone on September 3, 2023, in Shanghai. Photo: VCG

Consumers experience the new Huawei Mate 60 Pro smartphone on September 3, 2023, in Shanghai. Photo: VCG

China should unswervingly construct a sustainable computing industry ecosystem “with no illusions about the future”, Huawei's rotating chairman Eric Xu Zhijun said on Friday at the 2023 World Computing Conference.

Xu called for a large-scale use of homegrown products and technologies to further boost industrial development and narrow the gap with foreign competitors, according to Chinese media reports. 

Xu noted the importance of large-scale consumption of domestically developed products and technology in order to promote the computing sector’s sustainable growth and progress, adding that the chips could be constructed based on the available chip manufacturing process at home, and the arithmetic infrastructure should be set up and improved based on available computing chips and domestic ecosystems.

"Currently, China's general computing sector is moving forward in the form of three ecologies: the X86 ecosystem, the Pengteng ecosystem and RISC-V open-source ecosystem. The three ecosystems will develop in parallel for a long time to come, and ultimately we will see who can support us for the future," Xu said. 

Xu noted that China’s computing industry is advancing under some pressure as multiple sectors such as designing tools, materials, manufacturing equipment and chip products have been impacted.

Speaking on the development path for China’s computing industry, Xu said that the large-scale use of domestically manufactured products such as semiconductor chips and servers will help drive the progress of the technology and related products, and narrow the gap with foreign technologies.

Xu said that chips manufacturing should be built on top of accessible semiconductor manufacturing equipment. He stressed the need to unswervingly building a computing ecosystem, as the sustainable sector growth can be possibly achieved through the prosperity of the ecosystem. 

As for supporting the nation’s arithmetic market demand, Xu said that the demand can be supported by the establishment of clusters which connects multiple CPUs and AI processors while utilizing the distributed means of cloud computing. 

Huawei is set to hold an official launch event for the Mate 60 series on September 25, as the high-end phone set has generated buzz among Chinese consumers for weeks following the handset’s unexpected debut on August 29. 
On August 29, Huawei announced that the Mate 60 smartphone series was available for pre-order, allowing consumers to experience the "most powerful" high-end Mate series ever made.

Global Times