Samsung Display gets U.S. licenses to supply some panels to Huawei

Joanna Estrada
October 28, 2020

The trade war between the USA and China has been going on since the beginning of this year.

Huawei can already secure OLED panels from Chinese display maker BOE.

The company is the first South Korean technology company to receive a license from the U.S. government.

Foldable smartphones are far from becoming as popular or as well-known as a regular smartphone, but the success of the devices released by Samsung and Motorola proves that there is an interesting market for them, especially if the prices will become more affordable in the long run. The sanctions were an extension of the August restrictions that banned Huawei from sourcing chips from foreign manufacturers with U.S. technology. Considering it would be incredibly hard to use a smartphone display alone for that, it makes sense that the U.S. would allow Samsung to deal with Huawei for those products.

Samsung Electronics' display unit has received licenses from US authorities to continue supplying certain display panel products to Huawei Technologies, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

"Samsung Display received approval to supply some of its products to Huawei", said the source, who has direct knowledge of the matter but asked not to be named.

Industry insiders said the US may have granted the license to Samsung Display since display panels are less sensitive products compared to semiconductors, as Huawei can secure displays from BOE Technology Group Co. and other Chinese firms. Its rival, LG Display, however, is yet to receive any license as of now.

All the major companies doing business with Huawei before have applied for licenses to continue doing business with the Chinese tech giant.

A separate report from Yonhap citing industry insiders claims that the US government might have given Samsung Display the license since display panel are relatively less sensitive products compared to semiconductors. Companies like Qualcomm, MediaTek, Sony, Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, and Kioxia, among others, have also applied for a license.

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