According to a transcript of a recent lecture provided by a Shanghai University, the founder of the Chinese technology giant Huawei has claimed that thousands of product components outlawed by the United States have been replaced with domestically produced coequals.
Huawei, a top provider of smartphones, telecom outfits, and other slice-edge technology, has been regularly singled out by Washington in recent times due to cybersecurity and spying worries.
Huawei holding out
Donald Trump, a previous Republican president, included Huawei on the Entity List, a trade blacklist, in 2019. The Trump administration adopted a unique strategy for Huawei, denying it access to some products, like 5G chips, while allowing it to get other products, like 4G chips and his successor Joe Biden has added more restrictions, including a prohibition on the trade of new Huawei equipment in the United States.
The bans have additionally compelled the telecom giant to diversify its business lines, it has dabbled in cloud services, the internet of things (IoT), smartphone operating systems, and, most successfully, enterprise business, in which it offers cloud services and hardware solutions to corporate clients. Samsung has also allegedly started a recruiting binge within its chip-making division, bringing on board hundreds of highly qualified engineers to assist with the development of semiconductor-design tools.
The February speech’s translation by Shanghai Jiao Tong University quotes Ren Zhengfei as saying that during the previous three years, Huawei has replaced 13,000 components with equivalents made in China at home and had redesigned 4,000 circuit boards for its products. Circuit board production, he claimed, had “stabilized.”
In response to a question from an audience member during the lecture, Ren stated that there were still “problems with producing sophisticated microchips in China, therefore we have to find alternative means of making up ground on chips”. As the US government has removed the export controls.
Ren did not specify which individual components were coming from China or what percentage of Huawei’s overall supply they made up. It was stated that Huawei spent $23.8 billion on R&D in 2022 and that they “would continue to raise R&D investment as our profitability improves.”
Deep dive into AI
Ren claims that the business created MetaERP, its management system software, fully on its own operating system, database, and compiler. MetaERP has passed the yearly settlement test of the company’s ledger as well as the practical test of implementation in Huawei’s many departments throughout the world. Its April launch will assist in managing its primary business processes, such as finance, supply chain, and production.
About the ChatGPT boom, Ren stated that there would be ups and downs in the AI large-language model sector in the future, and Microsoft won’t be the only competitor in it.
According to Ren, the direct contribution of AI software platform firms to human civilization may be less than 2%, and 98% of their contribution will go towards fostering the growth of industrial society and agricultural society.
According to the founder, Huawei can only construct the underlying processing infrastructure for AI and won’t touch the application platform, which is necessary for the widespread adoption of AI services. A 5G connection is also required. What potential does ChatGPT provide for Huawei? Ren predicted that it would increase the market demand for Huawei’s pertinent goods as well as the need for computing and pipeline traffic.
” We are still in a delicate period, but haven’t stopped on the road toward progress,” the founder said.