On the 25th, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon announced at the 2018 China International Big Data Industry Expo that it will continue to technically and financially support Qualcomm and the Guizhou provincial government’s joint venture Huaxin Tong to carry out server chips. Research and development, and support the development of Guizhou's big data industry and China's semiconductor industry.
Amon's statement also responded to media rumors that Qualcomm would withdraw from the server chip business. When Amon was interviewed by the First Financial Journalist before the Guiyang Digital Fair, he said: "We have not withdrawn from the server chip business. As a shareholder of Huaxintong, Qualcomm will continue to be Huaxin in terms of technical expertise, design capabilities and management." Tongtong provides important support and assistance to ensure that Huaxintong has sufficient resources and the overall strength of China's IC industry. ”
Amon said that the cooperation projects between Qualcomm and the Guizhou provincial government have an important position in Qualcomm's business strategy. He told the First Financial reporter: “The rapid growth of smart connected devices and the development of artificial intelligence have accelerated the expansion of data centers to include edge computing, and the server technology market has bright prospects. China is the fastest growing industry in this area. One of the markets with the greatest potential. ”
Amon explained to the First Financial Reporter that: "In smart connected devices, how to combine 5G with artificial intelligence will become a key development area for Qualcomm's future." We are very focused on edge computing. The data center is also an interesting topic. We have seen the integration of edge computing and data centers. ”
He believes that Qualcomm's opportunities are based on the combination of Arm's architecture server chips and data centers. "The data center is very new to Qualcomm. To succeed in this area, we must cooperate with cloud service providers so as to break the barriers to entry into this field. "Amon told First Financial reporters," because most of the server chip areas are now monopolized by X86. ”
He also stressed that it must recognize the maturity of China's mobile Internet development, Internet giants such as BAT need a large number of ARM-based server chips in their data centers, which is also a new trend. Amon told the First Financial reporter: "The first thing we did was to develop the data center business through the joint venture with the Guizhou government, Huaxin Tong. The second step is to continue to develop technology and pass the technology to Huaxin.com. Support to meet the needs of deep learning and artificial intelligence, and expand the data center business to the edge computing field of mobile networks. ”
Huaxin Tong told the First Financial reporter: "Huaxin Communications has established a complete technical team with two years of establishment. Through the cooperation with Qualcomm, the R & D team's capabilities have been tempered, and a competitive one has been developed." Power server chip. Next, under the strategic direction of firmly developing ARM server chip products, Huaxintong will work with industry partners to jointly develop the server chip ecosystem and become a world-class semiconductor design company. ”
According to reports, Huaxintong's first-generation server chips have already completed R&D and tapeout work, and will be unveiled at the China Big Data Industry Fair, and will be available at the end of this year. At the same time, the research and development of its second-generation server chip has been carried out in an orderly manner.
The two parties also stated that the ARM server chip has bright prospects. In the future, all parties will work closely together to promote the establishment and improvement of the ARM server industry ecosystem through the joint venture Huaxintong. With the support of all parties, Huaxintong will accelerate the establishment of its core technical strength and gradually shift its focus from the Chinese market to the global market.