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

Daniel Fowler
May 24, 2019

ARM chip technology was still present in the first iPhone released in 2007, and remains the bedrock of smartphones and other mobile devices today, including Huawei's. Google's action immediately ratcheted up tensions between the USA and China, with the United States for a while now having sounded an alarm to pretty much anyone who'll listen that Huawei may be a proxy for China's central government as well as its national security apparatus. It plans to install 1,500 5G sites by the end of this year.

For example, NTT Docomo Inc, Japan's largest operator, has suspended orders related to the Huawei P30 series while rivals KDDI Corp. and YMobile have made a decision to postpone the launch of the smartphone waiting to evaluate the developments of the story.

Huawei may be best known for its line of smartphones, but the company makes a wide variety of products ranging from laptops to smartwatches.

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When contacted by Reuters, a Huawei spokeswoman said the company "will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products". It will not sell newer models before all issues are settled.

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Huawei may well have contingency plans in place and try to minimize the damage, but what if more firms join the bandwagon and sever links with the Chinese group in a bid to stay on the right side of the US? They too, are cutting ties with Huawei.

However, Washington granted a temporary 90-day reprieve for Huawei, which will allow it to continue using American technology - for now.

Speaking at the Potsdam Conference on National Cybersecurity on Thursday, Hu said the Huawei ban creates a "dangerous precedent" that will affect worldwide markets, cut off global supply chains, and disrupt fair competition.

A Portuguese media outlet reports that Aptoide, an open source alternative to the Google Play Store with more than 900,000 apps and more than 100 million users is negotiating with Huawei to develop a viable alternative to the Play Store. The island's other major carriers, Taiwan Star Telecom and Asia Pacific Telecom, adopted the same stance as FarEasTone.

Certain European semiconductor makers said this week they would keep supplying to Huawei, but USA 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.

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