The first 6nm 5G chip terminal will be mass-produced and launched in July. What is the layout of Zhanrui’s “technology improvement year”?

On April 20, the 2021 UNISOC 2021 Sharp Vision Future Conference with the theme of “go” was held online. At this conference, a new brand of 5G business – Tanggula series was released, the new technology features of Cat.1bis were launched, and the latest commercial progress in the AR field of innovative business was shared. In addition, Zhanrui reiterated the company’s industrial positioning – the ecological carrier of the digital world, and announced forward-looking forecasts and strategic plans for the consumer electronics business and industrial Internet of Things.

[5G “flying on” Tanggula]

In the 5G era, there are only five global chip players (Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek, HiSilicon, Zhanrui), and only Qualcomm, MediaTek and Zhanrui are on the open market. There is only Zhanrui in the mainland open market. Historically, Zhanrui communication technology has lagged behind its first-tier competitors by 15, 8, and 10 years in the 2G, 3G, and 4G stages, respectively. On May 15, 2020, Zhanrui’s first 5G chip was officially put into commercial mass production, which means that the gap between Zhanrui and the industry’s leading level in the 5G era has been shortened to less than 6 months, basically keeping pace with the world’s first echelon. The sales of the first 5G set exceeded one million sets in half a year, and the number of commercial terminal products has exceeded 50. In addition, 5G modules and CPEs have also been mass-produced and shipped, and Zhanrui 5G solutions have also been commercialized in the fields of smart logistics, power, manufacturing, and mining.

One of the highlights of this conference is that Zhanrui 5G Tanggula series brand was born.

The first 6nm 5G chip terminal will be mass-produced and launched in July. What is the layout of Zhanrui’s “technology improvement year”?

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Zhou Chen, Executive Vice President of Unisplendour Zhanrui and General Manager of Consumer Electronics Division, said that Tanggula is the birthplace of the Yangtze River and gave birth to a splendid civilization. Zhanrui 5G will take this as a new starting point, and make every effort to break through, nurture and promote thousands of industries into a smarter era of Internet of Everything. The launch of the serialized layout means that Zhanrui 5G products have entered a new stage of development. “From now on, we will build the Zhanrui Tanggula product family. In the future, there will be four product series: 6, 7, 8, and 9 series. Among them, the Tanggula 6 series is positioned as a 5G inclusive product, and the Tanggula 7 series emphasizes products. Experience upgrade, Tanggula 8 series is the main performance pioneer, and Tanggula 9 series represents cutting-edge technology.”

The first 6nm 5G chip terminal will be mass-produced and launched in July. What is the layout of Zhanrui’s “technology improvement year”?

Zhou Chen, Executive Vice President of UNISOC, General Manager of Consumer Electronics Division | UNISOC

Since UNISOC released the first 5G baseband chip V510 in 2019, it has successively launched two 5G smartphone chips T7510 and T7520. 5G smartphones equipped with T7510 have been mass-produced,The 5G chip T7520 using the world’s first 6nm EUV process has been successfully returned to the film earlier this year, in less than 150 hours, the main process is opened at one time,Smartphones based on the T7520 are expected to be mass-produced in July this year.

Under the new brand system, the mass-produced T7510 model was renamed T740.The T7520 model was renamed Zhanrui Tanggula T770.At the same time, Zhanrui launched the T760 5G chip of the 7 series with more balanced power consumption and performance.

[“Cat” King Cat.1 can play better]

In April 2015, the first generation of smart watch products was officially launched, opening the curtain of wearable category. Early wearable devices mainly appeared in the form of smartphone companions, which did not have independent cellular communication functions, and were not an independent category in an absolute sense. Deeply digging into the root cause, we found that wearable devices have a strong demand for miniaturization design due to the pursuit of the ultimate size, and the 2Rx (dual receiving antenna) antennas that are required for traditional 4G cellular terminals are extremely difficult to place, even if they are forcibly placed, the diversity reception effect will also be greatly discounted. At the same time, as of the era of the rise of smart wearable devices, the official terminal capability level with the 1Rx (single receiving antenna) receiving specification is limited to Cat.0/Cat.M1/Cat.NB1, and their maximum throughput of 1Mbps is not enough to meet User experience of wearing scenes. There is an urgent need for the industry to develop a new level of single-antenna terminal capability for wearables.

From June 2016 to March 2017, the 3GPP RAN#73~#75 standard plenary meeting discussed and defined the new level of single-antenna terminal capability, and finally released the core part of 3GPP Release 13 LTE Cat.1bis on March 9, 2017. Freeze, which uses the first-generation LTE Cat.1 as the technical anchor, together with the subsequent supporting standard performance part and test part, through extremely low standard revision cost, defines the application scenarios that meet the medium-speed human connection/Internet of things and have complete Terminal Capability Class for Compatibility – Cat.1bis.

However, from 2017 to 2019, when the cellular version of wearable devices was in full swing, the 3GPP standardization process of Cat.1bis technology seriously lagged behind the market demand, and R13 Cat.1bis lacked a terminal chip platform that could fully carry its technical vision. , Cat.1bis technical design has not produced substantial industrial benefits, it can be said that the birth is silent.

From 2019 to 2020, through the concerted and unremitting efforts of Zhanrui and ecological partners such as ICT, operators, instrument equipment manufacturers, base station equipment manufacturers, module manufacturers, terminal manufacturers, and industry partners, the silent Cat was born in 2017. .1bis technology finally sees the sun in 2020: not only is it widely recognized by the IoT industry ecosystem, but also by virtue of its advanced technical specifications and leading technology maturity, taking advantage of the “23 to 4” spring breeze of the IoT, the “C-position debut” and became popular. ” has become a benchmark for medium-speed IoT technology, and has been implemented in multiple fields and scenarios such as shared two-wheel travel, smart POS, public network intercom, cloud speakers, and vehicle T-box.

In October 2020, Zhanrui won the dominance of the Cat.1bis standard, turning a new page in its history. At this conference, Zhanrui announced a series of new Cat.1bis features: including eDRX/PSM features, coverage enhancement features, BT features, professional intercom, upgrade enhancements, overseas features, etc.

The first 6nm 5G chip terminal will be mass-produced and launched in July. What is the layout of Zhanrui’s “technology improvement year”?

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Huang Yuning, senior vice president of UNISOC and general manager of the Industrial Electronics Division, said that the introduction of new technology features is to better meet the key needs of the current IoT application deployment, while further expanding the application scenarios.

The first 6nm 5G chip terminal will be mass-produced and launched in July. What is the layout of Zhanrui’s “technology improvement year”?

UNISOC Senior Vice President and General Manager of Industrial Electronics Business Unit Huang Yuning | UNISOC

With the release and promotion of the new generation of Cat.1bis technical features in 2021, Zhanrui Cat.1bis chip not only has the basic communication capabilities of the Internet of Things, but also adds added value to the basic Internet of Things functions, greatly broadening the application prospects of Cat.1bis technology. Realize the transition from “Internet of Everything” to “Intelligent Connection of Everything”, and continue to lead the evolution of the Cat.1bis technology standard; at the same time, better empower the global IoT market and continue to build a broader digital ecosystem.

/// Little Science: What is Cat.1bis? ///

In fact, Cat in Cat.1 does not refer to cats, but the abbreviation of Category, which means classification and category. The full name of Cat.1 is LTE UE-Category 1, UE is all spelled User Equipment, which means user terminal, and when it is connected with Cat, it means terminal level. Under the 4G network, there are many levels, and Cat.1 is one of them. The bis in Cat.1bis comes from the Latin word “second time or again”, and it is placed after Cat.1 to imply that it is a secondary derivative based on the traditional Cat.1 ability level.

The new level of Cat.1bis terminal capability can not only meet the data throughput requirements of the medium-speed human connection / IoT category, but also provide better cost and smaller size than traditional LTE, and can also be used in the existing 4G access network. With almost zero transformation, rapid deployment has naturally become the C-bit Elvis in the field of IoT.

[AR is not far away, you can choose to solve the pain point]

At the conference, Zhanrui also announced a cooperation with Liangfengtai to jointly develop 5G AR smart glasses.

At present, AR technology has successfully empowered many industries, and it is not far from people’s lives. These include: machinery manufacturing, automobiles, energy, public safety, medical care, education and other sub-sectors, AR has begun to occupy a certain scale of use. For example, in the manufacturing industry, in addition to the well-known AR remote collaboration, AR glasses can also visualize complex documentation and 3D stereoscopic presentation in the field of vision, directly replacing the difficult-to-understand paper version of the instruction manual; in the field of security, emergency In scenarios such as command and activity security, AR glasses can be used in conjunction with drones to realize multi-party linkage between drone pilots, front-line police and rear commanders. Front-line police wearing AR glasses can intuitively obtain on-duty information and detect actions. Routes, target locations, etc., greatly improve the efficiency of law enforcement.

With the deployment of 5G around the world, AR will be re-recognized as one of the core scenarios of 5G, and the epidemic has accelerated the rapid growth of the AR market. Zhanrui saw the rapid changes and demands of the market, and joined hands with Bright Wind Platform to effectively solve the long-standing technical pain points of AR glasses through innovative 5G+AI fusion technology – including long delay, poor human-computer interaction efficiency, voice recognition and human body dynamics The recognition is not clear and accurate enough, the effective perception environment is not obvious, and the picture quality is not clear, so as to improve the intelligent experience of the product.

The first 6nm 5G chip terminal will be mass-produced and launched in July. What is the layout of Zhanrui’s “technology improvement year”?

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In the in-depth cooperation with Liangfengtai, UNISOC will provide comprehensive and effective solutions to empower technology. For example, the 5G technology owned by UNISOC can solve network pain points in multiple aspects. Taking network slicing technology as an example, network slicing can divide an operator’s physical network into multiple virtual end-to-end networks. Each virtual network can flexibly respond to different network application scenarios according to different service requirements, ensuring network reliability and reliability. throughput. Through the 5G network, local computing power can also be combined with cloud computing power, scaling codec, reducing transmission delay, combating jitter, interference and frame loss problems, ensuring the presentation of high-definition content, and achieving a perfect combination of performance and power consumption. With the characteristics of 5G such as low latency, high bandwidth, and high speed, 5G technology can fundamentally solve the network problems of the AR industry and achieve smooth interconnection.

The first 6nm 5G chip terminal will be mass-produced and launched in July. What is the layout of Zhanrui’s “technology improvement year”?

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[Xinzhanrui – the ecological carrier of the digital world]

From launching the serialized layout of 5G business, to insisting on continuous innovation of Cat.1 technology, to exploring the AR field of innovative business, a series of measures all point to UNISOC’s industrial mission and its own industrial positioning – to be an ecological bearer of the digital world . At this conference, Chu Qing, CEO of Ziguang Zhanrui, elaborated on the rich connotation of this strategic positioning.

The first 6nm 5G chip terminal will be mass-produced and launched in July. What is the layout of Zhanrui’s “technology improvement year”?

UNISOC CEO Chu Qing | UNISOC

“Ecology is the strategic core of Zhanrui. The biggest difference between the information industry and the traditional industry lies in its industrial form. The industrial relationship of the traditional industry is only a simple ‘one in and one out’, in addition to suppliers, it is customers. And information The industry is a new form of business. This industry has two characteristics. One is that there are many types of enterprises, and the other is that the interrelationships are extremely complex. It is difficult to understand it with simple logic, so that we can only borrow a biological vocabulary. — to describe ecology.”

Chu Qing further explained that this ecology can be divided into two parts, one is the “carrier” that provides the basic platform, and the other is the software, application and terminal companies that prosper on the carrier platform. Only an enterprise with the capability of the main chip platform can become an ecological bearer. This kind of enterprise is scarce and cannot be replicated. Zhanrui is the only enterprise in China that can undertake large-scale ecological bearing responsibility.

As the ecological carrier of the digital world, Zhanrui has identified and clarified its own industrial responsibilities: to do a good job of ecological “soil”, on the one hand, it must provide the industry with advanced technology, and on the other hand, it must help the industry to expand new space and provide new opportunities for the industry to enter new fields. business support.

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【2021, the year of technological improvement】

“From a technical point of view, we actually have to admit that we are standing with others tremblingly, we just stepped in with one foot, and we deeply know that we are seriously insufficient in the accumulation of basic technology. I owe too much.” Chu Qing said.

Since the end of 2018, Zhanrui has carried out a profound self-reform, reshaping the company’s management system, quality system, management system and business system. Under the great breakthrough, Zhanrui has achieved breakthrough progress in various fields. After experiencing the rescue of quality and market in 2019, and the improvement of operation in 2020,In 2021, Zhanrui will open the “Year of Technology Improvement”,At present, the “three major battles” of research and development have been fully launched.Established the Advanced Technology Research Institute, invested 5% of the R&D team,Pioneering innovation and R&D in important future-oriented areas.

Chu Qing said, “We must provide everyone with the best technology. For example, we have to create a new direction. These new directions are all barren. Who is the first to open the trail? It must be Zhan Rui, Zhanrui has to take this responsibility. So our investment in technology this year is5%, the situation will increase in the future. “

At present, in terms of technological development, Zhanrui has shortened the 5G gap to 6 months (calculated by the launch of the mobile phone equipped with Zhanrui 5G chip in May 2020), and entered the first echelon. ;In terms of semiconductor technology, compared with its first-line competitors, Zhanrui technology has advanced to 6nm, and it has achieved the world’s first launch, completely reversing the situation that communication and process technology are lagging behind; octa-core products have succeeded and become the market terminator-T618/T610. 2019 Over the past year, T610/618 has closely followed the android ecological construction, completed Android 10 and Android 11 adaptation and tuning at the first time, improved customer experience through excellent performance, and guided 8-core smart machines to switch from small 8-core to large-core + small-core In addition, the product yield rate of Zhanrui supply chain has been continuously improved, such as 12nm increased to 90%.

“In 2021, we will have a breakthrough in the basic computing architecture, from a no-architecture to a structure, and this architecture will gradually spread to all products, and the other, in terms of AI, we will give everyone a concession The report card that shines in front of everyone.” Chu Qing said.

In the fields of consumer electronics and industrial electronics, Zhanrui has also launched new explorations and layouts. In the conference, Zhou Chen said that ecological win-win is the direction that Zhanrui adheres to, and will be guided by value creation and continue to carry out business innovation. Huang Yuning emphasized that he will continue to lead the evolution of technical standards in the field of industrial IoT. The next step will be to make more improvements and enhancements at the protocol level for the LTE Cat.4 downlink 150M and LTE Cat.7 uplink 100M capability level. AIoT, IWN, smart Display, automotive electronics and other fields continue to develop new technologies and implement new applications.

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