Mobile phones with Unisoc's 6nm 5G chip Tiger T7520 will be mass-produced next year, Zhou Chen, vice-president of the Chinese fabless semiconductor company, said in an interview with several Chinese media outlets today.
Zhou said the T7520 will soon reach commercial sample status, and Unisoc is putting a lot of resources into this product." This product is a very important root for our whole 5G, especially for consumer-oriented products. Our subsequent planning based on the T7520 is for a series of 5G SoC products, which are also all on the way."
Following the accelerated rollout of 5G network and base station products by Chinese telecom operators and equipment manufacturers, local Chinese mobile phone chip designers have also picked up the pace.
During the 2020 Unisoc Market Summit, the company unveiled the Unicom second-generation 5G CPE VN007+ with its 5G chips, the 5G RF front-end complete solution, the NB-IoT chip V8811 for 5G R16, the smart cabin chip solution A7862, the vehicle-grade dual-band positioning chip A2395, and the flagship smartwatch platform W517.
Unisoc is launching the first 5G technology platform Makalu 1.0 and 5G baseband chip Chunteng V510 as early as February 2019 at MWC in Barcelona, with which 5G mobile phones, 5G CPE, 5G modules, and other mobile terminals have been commercially launched.
In February 2020, Unisoc will launch its second-generation 5G smartphone platform, the Tiger T7520, which is the first 5G SoC with 6nm EUV.
Commenting on why Unisoc chose the 6nm process, Unisoc CEO Qing Chu said, "EUV has brought Moore's Law back to life. The first process node in the industry to use EUV was 7nm, and we chose 6nm because of the more mature applications and ample availability of EUV."
At present, some mainstream 5G mobile phone chips are successively using 5-nanometer solutions, but the first generation of advanced manufacturing processes tend to have higher trial and error costs, "The use of EUV in 5nm is much more than 6nm and 7nm, but it will bring new questions, that is, can it reduce the cost or not?" Chu mentioned.