United Kingdom chip designer ARM complying with new US rules on Huawei

Daniel Fowler
May 22, 2019

Arm believes it is affected by the restrictions the US government has placed on Huawei as its designs contain "U.S. origin technology". ARM licenses its semiconductor technologies, processor architecture and designs to other companies.

"We value our close relationships with our partners, but recognize the pressure some of them are under, as a result of politically motivated decisions", said the spokesperson.

In the memo which ARM sent to its employees, it instructed them to stop all "active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements" with Huawei and its subsidiaries. While Huawei publicly shed some light on how it would overcome software woes, it has declined to comment this particular issue. "We are confident this regrettable situation can be resolved and our priority remains to continue to deliver world-class technology and products to our customers around the world".

ARM didn't send a new memo in response to the 90-day temporary license the USA issued to let Huawei suppliers do business with the company.

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Huawei's worldwide partners are moving to distance themselves from the Chinese company until there is clarity over its relationship with USA technology partners that provide the apps and services that are crucial for consumers.

British-based chip designer ARM said on Wednesday it was complying with a move by the United States to block China's Huawei from accessing U.S.

Certain European semiconductor makers said this week they would keep supplying to Huawei, but US chipmakers including Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Xilinx Inc. and Broadcom Inc. have told their employees they will not supply Huawei till further notice, according to people familiar with their actions. These licenses are critical to the development of smartphone CPUs in GPUs - the vast majority of smartphone makers use Arm's designs. So, why is it announcing that it is suspending business with Huawei following the recent trade ban by the US?

Today there might be an even more serious threat to Huawei's business.

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