Huawei Develops Design Tools for 14nm Chips Amid US Ban

Huawei said at an event that it had developed electronic design automation (EDA) software to design chips to be produced at 14nm-class process technologies, Reuters reports. While 14nm nodes are several generations behind 3nm production nodes currently used to make the most advanced chips, this is a major breakthrough for the Chinese EDA industry.

Huawei is expected to finish testing on EDA software for 14nm and more advanced chips this year, according to a speech by rotating chairman Xu Zhijun on February 28. The software suite was developed in collaboration with domestic EDA companies, “basically realizing the localization of EDA tools above 14nm.” The rotating chairman reportedly added that Huawei has already developed 78 tools related to semiconductor hardware and software.