Very bad news for Huawei, because ARM has announced that it adds to the veto imposed by the United States, and this veto is really worrying and a serious problem for the Chinese manufacturer, since it would imply that the company could not launch any new smartphone to the market. This means that the second largest manufacturer of smartphone market of the world would disappear from one day to the next.
HiSilicion Kirin SoCs, or those of the competition, such as Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos or even the MediaTek, they all are using the same ARM microarchitecture for the cores of their CPUs, so Huawei could not provide a processor to their future devices, since the only substitute would be to use a processor based on the x86 architecture, but Intel left this market for a long time after failing and not being able to compete with ARM in terms of consumption. Also, Intel has banned Huawei, so there is no Plan B here.
U.K. tech firm Arm has told its staff to halt business deals with Huawei, according to the BBC citing internal documents it has seen.
The chip maker has apparently told employees to pause “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements,” with Huawei and its subsidiaries in compliance with the recent U.S. trade sanctions.
Huawei has issued a brief statement of its own.
“We value our close relationships with our partners, but recognise the pressure some of them are under, as a result of politically motivated decisions,” it said.
“We are confident this regrettable situation can be resolved and our priority remains to continue to deliver world-class technology and products to our customers around the world.”