Huawei is looking forward to entering the PC market space with its launch of its new ARM processor. The Kunpeng Desktop motherboard is Huawei’s take on the desktop side of the market. Huawei looks to snatch some share for themselves in the PC market after the ban from the US government.
Kunpeng Motherboard powered by ARMv8 Processors
The ARM processors are getting a lot beefier and power efficient. Similar to the Snapdragon 8cx processor, Huawei released its desktop ARM processor last year. The Kunpeng 920 based on ARMv8 comes in different variety, the standard desktop motherboard comes with 2 variant, and the server-grade motherboard comes with up to 64 cores processors. Huawei looks to take some share (small portion) from the PC market space.
The Desktop motherboard comes uses the TSMC’s 7nm silicon technology for their ARM CPU. The desktop motherboard now named Kunpeng D920S10. The D920S10 supports quad-channel memory up to 64GB DDR-2400MHz RAM. The board comes with a PCIe 3.0 interface, six SATA 3.0 interface, 2 x M.2 SSD slots. I/O looks simple with 1x Ethernet Jack, 4 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0, and many more. A 20-pin ATX connector powers the motherboard. No reports regarding graphics card support, but hopefully, we hope it does support the graphics card. The desktop variant comes with 4 core and 8 core CPU.
The Kunpeng S920X00 server motherboard comes with up to 64 cores processors. The server motherboard comes with multiple CPUs making up the higher processing cores for the server board. It supports PCIe Gen 4.0 with 40 lanes. The board has 32 DIMMS slots spread across an eight-channel configuration and supports up to 1 TB 3200MHz RAM. It supports up to 15 storage devices, including SATA, SAS, NVMe, etc.
Who is Huawei targeting? What segment of the PC market are they targeting?
The 4-core and 8-core motherboards have marketed towards the average consumers for home computers or office computers — the computer runs the Linux operating system. Huawei looks to take the entry and lower end of the market, competing with AMD and Intel. The ARM processor has paved a new upcoming in the PC and portable market from laptops now on to fully-fledged desktops. Rumors pointed Huawei is building a new operating system for their products. They have been in the works since 2012, but still, no reports about the operating system found to date.
The server PC will be set up in the cloud storage and cloud computing space. They take up small rooms and facilitate more for better efficiency and workflow. Further developments can be seen on this platform as Huawei pushes more investment on this platform. Huawei’s sales might boom after the launch of their desktop motherboard and sever station after the recently China-US Trade Ban. Huawei started investing in the ARM sector as the bans got uplifted.
ARM Chips seems to be the future for Computer and mobile processors
ARM chips are entering the computing market space more and more. First, Snapdragon introduced its processor on laptops, and now Huawei is joining with its new ARMv8 processors. The ARM processors have been using Windows 10 S, a lite version of Windows for ARM processors. Later versions of ARM like the Snapdragon 8cx supported full-fledged Windows 10 but ran on x86 version. Microsoft look at optimizing support for ARM processors and porting the x64 apps to work on ARM processors.
If this continues, an ARM might be the future for computing space as they have given better battery life, faster connectivity, and smaller form factors. The ARM CPU based on the 7nm architecture, which somewhat is similar to the AMD’s 2nd Ryzen, meaning they can even beat AMD on their game.
ARM processors seem like the future for computing space, and more ARM laptops and PCs will greet us in the coming year. Huawei entering this space is a considerable choice as the US-China trade ban had some impact on their company sales and their totals shares. Huawei seems to take some portion off of Intel and AMD, further looking to gain more competition and shares in the computing market.