Kathy Gibson reports from Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai – The future of chips is not what it used to be – we are close to getting custom-designed reprogrammable chips that the will effectively drive whole systems.

Joerg Kerpinsky, sales director: Germany for Huawei Enterprise systems business, says these super intelligent chips will be available as soon as 2020 – and they will change the way the industry thinks about hardware.

He is quick to clarify that, while Huawei is keen to the these reprogrammable chips deployed, it isn’t alone in working on them.

“The whole community is putting a lot of thought into what chips will looks like in the future,” he says. “We believe that Huawei can have an influence on what they will look like, but we never intend to compete with our partners.

“However, we take the input of our customers very seriously and are using that to have an unput into what will happen in chip development in the next few years.”

To this end, Kerpinsky is convinced that customised processors, with hardware designed to the chip level, will be available within the next few years.

“Stay tuned. There will be lots of big news in this area in the next couple of years,” he says.