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Mobile processor manufacturer ARM suspended cooperation with Huawei due to conflict with the US

The Chinese company may lose its own production of Kirin chips, the architecture for which they did in ARM.

The British ARM decided to stop cooperating with Huawei due to US restrictions. The company developed chips for Huawei in America, so the technology fell under the requirements of the American authorities. This was reported by The Verge with reference to the statement of representatives of ARM.

ARM complies with the latest restrictions set by the US government and has ongoing discussions with US authorities to comply with the rules. ARM appreciates its relationship with long-time partner HiSilicon and we look forward to a quick solution on this issue.ARM representatives in conversation with The Verge

ARM is a British company owned by the Japanese SoftBank. She has been developing the Kirin mobile processor architecture, which all Huawei flagships have been working on since 2014. Technically, the company is not obliged to obey the American rules, but as the BBC found out , the design of the chips is based on American technology.

According to ARM internal documents for employees, some processors have developed in Austin Texas and San Jose, California. Because of this, all technology is subject to US restrictions: ARM will not be able to license chips, and Huawei will not be able to release devices on Kirin.

Huawei told The Verge that they value relationships with partners and “understand the pressure.” The company noted that they believe in resolving the conflict.

We value our close relationships with partners, but recognize the pressure that some of them faced as a result of politically motivated decisions. Our priority remains to continue to supply world-class technology and any of our products to customers around the world.

Huawei representatives in conversation with The Verge

As noted in The Verge, it is unclear whether the American authorities appealed to ARM or the company itself decided to take a similar step. The publication believes that in the case of the appeal of the US government, other companies may also break the partnership.

On May 16, the US Department of Commerce added Huawei to the “black list”. Three days later, it became known that Google would suspend cooperation with Huawei. Devices of the company will lose all Google services and stop receiving updates.

Soon, the media reported that other US companies had broken off their ties with Huawei. This includes major chip and chip makers like Intel and Qualcomm.

On May 21, the US Department of Commerce eased the ban and allowed Huawei to update the device for 90 days. Google also said that the restrictions will affect only new smartphones, and the old ones will continue to work.

According to the calculations of journalists, Huawei will have enough American components for a period of three months to a year. After that, the company will have to either find a counterpart in China or abandon the production of smartphones.


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