Huawei Will Offer Powerful CPUs and Motherboards For Desktops But Not Complete PC Systems, Confirms Company

Huawei has categorically denied making complete computers. The company was reportedly compelled to offer such a clarification after a few powerful Personal Computers (PC) and servers, running Huawei’s Kunpeng processors, appeared online. Huawei noted that it would continue to develop and manufacture powerful processors and other silicon chips for computers, but won’t offer complete systems. The denial comes at a very interesting time because allegedly China recently issued a circular asking local government to begin alienating themselves from all software and hardware computer systems that utilize components and software made by American companies.

Huawei has clarified that the company won’t be offering complete computer desktop systems. The company made the announcement after consumer-oriented desktop PCs, as well as servers running on Huawei-branded Kunpeng processors, appeared online. The Kunpeng CPUs are supposed to be high-end processors, but their actual, real-life tests or benchmarks haven’t surfaced yet.

Huawei Will Make Computer Chips, But Not Entire PCs:

Zhang Shunmao, senior vice president of the Chinese enterprise Huawei Group, attempted to dismiss rumors about the company making complete desktop computer systems. Talking about the rumors that “Huawei is entering the business market in China’s domestic government agencies,” Zhang Maoshun said, “We only provide desktop chips, not the whole machine.”

It is rather disappointing to note that Huawei will not be making complete PCs. This is because Huawei already makes motherboards and processors. The company launched the Kunpeng series processors back in September 2019. The high-end and powerful processor reportedly set a new record in computing performance at that time.

It is not immediately clear which or what record the Huawei-made CPUs, but it is quite likely the processors may have managed to achieve better performance at cooler temperatures. Later on, in the same month, Huawei announced that it had signed a co-operation agreement with Shanxi Baixin to produce prototypes of “Taihang 220s” desktops and “Hengshan” servers based on Kunpeng processors.

Huawei had categorically noted that these desktops and servers were primarily meant for the business computer market. The company had deployed a single production line of the same, but eventually, five production lines would turn out 600,000 mainframe servers and computers per year.

It is interesting to note that several models based on Kunpeng processors had leaked recently. The Taihang 220 desktop used the Kunpeng 920 processor, which is based on the Armv8 architecture processor optimized to run desktop applications. There are two variants of the processor: the Kunpeng 920s and the Kunpeng 920. The top-end variant of the Kunpeng 920 currently packs 64 Cores running at 2.6 GHz. The processor can support and run with 64GB of DDR4 memory.

Huawei has a self-developed Kunpeng 920S series processor and D920S10 motherboard. The motherboard supports 4 DDR4-2400 UDIMMs, 6 SATA 3.0, 2 M.2 SSD slots, and 1 One PCIe 3.0 x16 slot is used to install the graphics card. In addition, there is one PCIe 3.0 x4 and one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot.

The computers were running on Hauwei’s processors packed 256 GB of Solid-State Drives (SSD), and ran on China’s own homegrown Operating System (OS), labeled as Kirin Deep OS. The Huawei server-grade motherboards will support up to 1 TB of quad-channel DDR-3200 RAM, and provide 40 PCIe 4.0 lanes. The Huawei processors come with 20 billion transistors spread over three dies in a multi-chip module. This directly implies significant scalability.

Huawei’s S920X00 server motherboard will reportedly support for two Kunpeng 920 processors, 16 storage devices in SATA, SAS, or NVMe flavors, up to 32 memory DIMMs spread across eight channels, and PCIe expansion.

Huawei Part Of China’s Domestic Substitution From Government And Official Market Plan:

China had reportedly issued new rules regarding software and hardware being used in government offices. The country apparently wants to do away with all components and software made by American companies, with indigenously developed alternatives. Interestingly, Huawei has been included in the official domestic substitution from the government and official market list.

According to the rule, desktop processors, motherboards and other components, including the operating systems operational in China would be eventually substituted with Chinese alternatives. Moreover, the smartphone operating system and processors too would be completely made in China. It is interesting to see Huawei categorically denying making complete systems under such conducive circumstances.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.