Huawei's latest motherboard opens to door for desktops powered by ARM processors

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What you need to know

  • Huawei's new Kunpeng D920S10 motherboard allows the Kunpeng 920 processor to power desktop computers.
  • Huawei already makes ARM chips for mobile devices and servers.
  • U.S. trade restrictions have had a large effect on Huawei's plans for PCs.

A new motherboard from Huawei allows Huawei's Kunpeng 920 processor to power desktops (via Liliputing ). The Kunpeng D920S10 Desktop motherboard was recently announced, and opens to doors for PCs being powered by ARM chips from Huawei.

Liliputing points out that the D920S10 motherboard supports up to 64GB of DDR-2400 RAM and up to six SATA 3.0 drives. It also has three PCIe slots, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and an Ethernet controller.

Huawei already makes ARM chips for mobile devices and servers. Expanding into the desktop space could open new doors for the Chinese company. While there's no direct indication that this motherboard and chip combination will be used to power Windows 10 desktops, that doesn't mean it couldn't or won't in the future.

While Windows 10 on ARM was initially referred to by Qualcomm as "Windows 10 on Snapdragon," it is now referred to as "Windows 10 on ARM," which is manufacturer agnostic.

Microsoft recently received a license to export "mass-market software" to Huawei, though the license did not explicitly state that the license covered Windows 10. More details will likely come forward in the future.

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  • Gotta' wonder what other doors this is going to open up for the Chinese government...
  • Hard to say, but likely at least a backdoor for devices that ship to their own markets for mass surveillance purposes.
  • @pqschipper I would be just as concerned with our own Governments surveillance than the Chinese.
  • NSA has been spying and monitoring the world and world leaders for decades by using the Cisco equipment with backdoor installed. Merkel's cell phone has been monitored by NSA since 2013 according to Snowden. Huawei is a hardware manufacturer just like Cisco. It is the operator like NSA that can use their equipment for special purposes. Nokia and Ericsson's 5G equipment can all be installed with backdoor by the operators if they want. Both of them have close relationship with the Chinese Government. But it is the Anti-China McCarthyism that prevails in the Trump's administration at present. One nation is against one company. Like MS has complained, it is total un-American.
  • To be fair to China, what you have to fear most from China isn't happening on the backend. They usually put out a press announcement about their latest privacy or human rights violation. Obviously I don't want China stealing another country's intellectual property, but I'm far more worried about things like the Hong Kong protests, mandatory face scans, and using its market dominance to silence foreign companies. It's far easier for a security expert to check a Huawei chip for backdoors then solve forced nationalism.
  • Interesting, this could allow for much cheaper Windows 10 on ARM devices. Who knows when Mediatek will jump back in with Windows 10 on ARM... they really could have sown up the low to mid end market already.
  • Would be cool to see Samsung getting into it too.
  • The higher TDP on these desktop boards could allow for ARM chips that are much more powerful than their mobile counterparts, giving them the extra horsepower they need to emulate x86 apps better on Windows 10 on ARM. But since battery life is not a key factor in desktops, they would have to be priced lower than x86 desktop boards to be a compelling option, because unless you are a bean counter that tries to save every watt of consumption for your electric bill, most people probably wouldn't care about power consumption (which is better on ARM).