Qualcomm pursues to sell 5G chips to Huawei

Joanna Estrada
August 14, 2020

They have also expanded on that where even foreign companies that use United States technologies won't be allowed to do business with Huawei, and as a result, Huawei may no longer be able to use their own Kirin chipsets in the future.

As per a report by GSMArena, Huawei is looking to team up with MediaTek in 2020.

The Chinese firm designs its own chips via a Shenzhen-based subsidiary called HiSilicon. Following the ban on the company working with US software companies - like Google's app store - the US Commerce Department issued an amended export rule to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei in order to "strategically target Huawei's acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology".

To comply with the rule, any chips now in production have to be sent to Huawei's factories no later than 15 September.

Qualcomm resolved a licensing dispute with Huawei last month.

"This year may be the last generation of Huawei Kirin high-end chips", he added, saying the company has "no chips and no supply".

According to Neil Mawston, Huawei is running out of options for sourcing chipsets for its smartphones, and the outlook is "bleak but salvageable". According to Qualcomm, they are arguing that they should be allowed to sell chipsets to Huawei as it could help to drive billions of dollars to USA companies, as opposed to foreign companies such as MediaTek or Samsung.

Australia and Japan have also taken measures to limit or restrict the participation of the Chinese company in their 5 G deployments, while European telecommunications operators including Norway's Telenor and Sweden's Telia have passed over Huawei as supplier.

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