ARM cuts ties with Huawei, threatening future chip designs

Chip designer ARM suspended the business with Huawei, threatening the Chinese company's ability to create its own chips. BBC News reports that ARM employees have been instructed to stop "all active contracts, support rights and any pending commitment" with Huawei due to the US trade ban. UU USA UU It has banned American companies from doing business with the Chinese telecommunications giant without the permission of the US government, but ARM is based in the United Kingdom and is owned by the Japanese group SoftBank.

ARM is concerned that it is affected by the US ban. UU , with an internal memo that revealed that its chip designs include "technology of American origin". Huawei relies on ARM for chip architecture designs for its own Kirin processors, and it's worth licensing them. Without the licenses, Huawei will not be able to continue manufacturing its own processors using the designs of ARM and its semiconductor company with HiSilicon faults.

It is unclear if ARM is simply reacting cautiously to the US Department of Commerce order. UU., Or if you have been recommended to suspend business with Huawei directly. If it is the latter, then the decision of ARM could be reflected by other semiconductor companies that also supply Huawei.

Reportedly, Huawei has stockpiled enough parts manufactured in the United States to last from three months to a year, so it could have enough to continue operating. That reserve will be depleted at some point in the future, especially in parts that are severely restricted in the supply lines. Currently, Huawei relies on American manufacturers such as Micron, Skyworks and Qorvo that supply storage components and networks for some of Huawei's phones.

Even without access to these key components, Huawei faces a challenge, but without ARM architecture or instruction sets. It faces an almost impossible task of manufacturing a smartphone without American technology inside. We have contacted ARM and Huawei to discuss the situation.

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