Arm staff told they must cut all ties with Huawei - Components

Fredrick Soto
May 25, 2019

The suggestion now is that with the order in place, US allies in Europe may also follow suit and ban Huawei from supplying technology for network rollouts as well. "My immediate reaction was worry that my current Huawei could be worthless", said Xin Yi, a 24-year-old student from Singapore.

Google had announced that it would no longer allow access to software updates for its Android operating system and apps that are used in Huawei's smartphones and tablets, but reversed course after the BIS decision was announced. Two British carriers also said they would not offer Huawei phones to future 5G customers. "It's just that nobody wants to buy it now because of United States policy", he said, adding that he was looking to sell existing Huawei stock online to overseas buyers in hopes that they are less aware of current events. Regular HEXUS readers will know that Huawei designs its own HiSilicon Kirin processors but they are based upon Arm designs, for which it pays a license fee. Arm is said to be affected by the USA ban on dealings with Huawei as its chip designs contain "US origin technology", according to the BBC, which saw the memo. Huawei is making a lot of headlines right now, but if this continues, there will be an impact on plenty of other companies that rely on the China, whether its for additional sales or manufacturing capabilities.

Huawei said Wednesday that it recognised "the pressure" placed on its suppliers, and that it was "confident this regrettable situation can be resolved".

"At this time, there is no indication that our customers' experience with their Huawei devices will change", added a spokesperson for Freedom Mobile, a Toronto-based telecom provider owned by Shaw Communications.

"We are now trying to confirm if our customers will be able to use the equipment with a sense of safety", SoftBank spokesman Hiroyuki Mizukami told AFP. As big names such as Samsung, Xiaomi and OPPO push to bring 5G-enabled smartphones to the market, Huawei are dealt a blow any attempt to be part of this movement. The publication tried to reach out to Microsoft to discuss what the company is planning to do with its business with Huawei, but couldn't get a comment.

The chairman also said that the temporary extension of the license for 90 days from US companies, which was granted as relief by the US Commerce Department would not mean much.

Former Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers on the impact of the China trade tensions on US chip makers and the broader USA economy.

Huawei is a Chinese tech giants that manufacturers telecommunication equipments and also sells consumer electronics like smartphones.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Britain during a visit to London that it risked undermining the historic allies' intelligence sharing.

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