5G Chips 230 Jan 20205 companies are making 5G chips: Huawei, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung, and UNISOC/Ziguang Zhanrui. Apple intends to join them one day. Almost all are made at the 7 nm foundries of TSMC and Samsung. (Large chart below)

Huawei/HiSilicon only produces for their own phones, about 1/3 of the 5G market in 2020.

MediaTek has been #2 to Qualcomm in 4G, mostly with lower-priced chips. It is sampling an advanced 5G chip in January 2020.

Qualcomm has added the mid-range 765 to the premium 800 line and is pricing aggressively.

Samsung makes 5G chips for its own phones as well as Oppo. It's investing over $10 billion to increase capacity.

UNISOC/Ziguang Zhanrui, once known as Spreadtrum, has chip samples in testing. Backed by the very well-funded Tsinghua Holdings, it has the resources to win market share.

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Welcome  Asia is installing hundreds of thousands of 5G radios and adding 5G subs by the tens of millions. The west is far behind. 200,000,000 in 2020

The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

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