Huawei Unveils Nova, World's First 16nm FinFET 64-Bit Networking Chip

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As we're waiting to see what will Huawei showcase at the upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, the company has introduced a new processor. Huawei has unveiled the world's first processor based on 16nmFinFet technology called Nova. We're talking about a networking chip here, it supports GSM /UMTS / LTE FDD / LTE TDD on a single chip. This SoC is based on ARM64 architecture, and the 16FinFET process, as previously mentioned. Huawei says that this chip is 67% more efficient than regular chips, and that it offer better overall performance.

"The launch of Nova is testament to Huawei's continued leadership and innovation in the ICT industry. Along with enabling the most advanced mobile network, Nova will provide customers access to the very best mobile broadband experience," said Wang Jun, President of the SingleRAN & FDD Product Line at Huawei Wireless Network Product Line. The high capacity board reduces power consumption according to the company. They have also announced the world's first L-band antenna which supports Ultra Wide Band (UWB) and multi-band. This antenna supports all the major frequency bands at 700 / 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600MHz, but it also enables the 1500MHz band.

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Huawei will showcase this chip at MWC next week, so stay tuned for that. That being said, we're seeing a lot of innovation when it comes to mobile chips lately. Samsung's new flagship(s) will be powered by the company's newest 14nm Exynos processor, which will also be the first processor built on the 14nm technology in the mobile market, and now Huawei announced their new networking chip. These two aren't all that related considering we're talking about a whole mobile SoC, and a networking chip here, but it's worth mentioning that we'll probably see more of these at MWC. Huawei has been doing a great job lately, 2014 was a great year for the company, and they're expecting 2015 to be even better and more profitable for them. It remains to be seen what else will Huawei showcase at MWC though. Speaking of which, what else do you think this China-based smartphone OEM will showcase at the Mobile World Congress next week?

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