16 December 2020
Several tech companies have reportedly applied for the license to the US government in order to supply their components to the affected Chinese company Huawei. If some fresh reports are to be believed, a few of these companies have been granted the license as well. This means that they can now resume business with Huawei and supply the components they deal with.
According to the Chinese publication MyDriver, a source close to Huawei has said that Qualcomm has already received the necessary license to supply chips to Huawei. So, it appears, Huawei’s upcoming phones will use Snapdragon processors. Going by the report, Huawei’s P-series and Mate-series could be fueled by Snapdragon chipsets rather than the company’s homegrown Kirin chipsets. It is possible that the Huawei P50 series arriving in Q1 could rather use Snapdragon 875 chipset.
TSMC had been manufacturing chips for Huawei smartphones but due to the ban, it had to halt its services. Reportedly, at the launch of Mate 40, Huawei CEO Richard Yu had even said that Mate 40 could be the last phone utilizing the homegrown Kirin chipset. Reportedly, Yu had said that because of the US trade ban. But looks like this is just a temporary phase and like many other companies utilizing the US tech, TSMC may also apply for the license and resume manufacturing chips with the help of Huawei’s HiSilicon division.
There are many other names as well that have applied for the license, including MediaTek. And, reportedly, Samsung Display, Sony, OmniVision, and even Intel have bagged the license to resume their business with Huawei.
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