Qualcomm gets US permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei , in exception to ban
[SHANGHAI] Qualcomm on Friday received a licence from the US government to sell 4G mobile phone chips to China's Huawei Technologies, an exemption to US trade restrictions imposed amid rising tensions with China. Read more at The Business Times.
Tell us what you think. Email us atIn the past Huawei was a relatively small chip customer for Qualcomm, which is the biggest supplier of mobile phone chips.Huawei used its own house-designed chips in its flagship handsets but used Qualcomm chips in lower-priced models.
Huawei's potential to design its own chips was thwarted in September by US trade restrictions that blocked its access to chip design software and fabrication tools.Industry analysts believe Huawei's stockpile of chips purchased before the ban could run out early next year, crippling its smartphone business.
Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon said the Qualcomm license would have a"limited impact" because it only covers 4G chips while consumers are shifting to newer 5G devices. Ms Rasgon said it is still unclear whether US officials will grant Qualcomm licences for 5G smartphone chips. headtopics.com
Representatives for Huawei and the US Department of Commerce, which grants the licenses, did not immediately return requests for comment.Other US companies such as Micron Technology were also stopped from selling to Huawei and have said they have applied for licences. Intel Corp has also said it has a licence to sell to Huawei.
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