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Huawei markets its 4G chips for IoT

William Payne
October 17, 2019

Huawei has announced that it has begun selling its in-house developed 4G chips on the open market. The Balong 711 is being sold by HiSilicon, the in-house semiconductor and IC design subsidiary of Huawei. The company is targeting internet backed solutions such as IoT devices. 

The company says that the chip is especially appropriate for IoT devices that need a stable and reliable internet connection.

The Balong 711 has been shipped in 100 million units within Huawei products since its launch in 2014.

Applications would include surveillance cameras, vending machines, and smart lockers.

The chip is likely to compete with similar offerings for American firm Qualcomm and Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek. 

Analysts expect that Huawei may move to selling 5G capable chips, the Balong 5000, next year, as the market for 5G based IoT products starts to mature.