This is not the first time that Huawei is using ASICs. In fact it had used ASICs for their backplane ( and perhaps other hw) in their teleocm fibreoptic equipment - way back in early 2000s. At that time, its design team (later spun out as HiSilicon) implemented ASICs with the help of various ASIC vendors - Meenu
A Huawei contact told me the company--like its rival Cisco--has been using ASICs for some time, many designed, I suspect, by its giant HiSilicon division.
Apparently Huawei or some big company is now converting many of the Altera FPGAs it uses into ASICs. That usually indicates the systems are moving from relatively small to large volumes.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.