On August 17 the Bureau of Trade and Safety (BIS) on the U.S. Commerce Division issued a brand new international direct product rule that requires firms to request a license from the Commerce Division as a way to promote their merchandise to Huawei. “We expanded the license requirement for merchandise made with U.S. expertise, worldwide,” a BIS spokesperson lately instructed Fierce, including that the necessities went into impact on September 15.
Now, Reuters is reporting that Intel has confirmed receiving such licenses to proceed supplying sure merchandise to Huawei.
Reuters has been capable of affirm via its sources that others making use of for Commerce Division licenses embody China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing Worldwide Company (SMIC), which makes use of U.S.-origin tools to make chips for Huawei. And the South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix in addition to the Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek have additionally utilized for U.S. licenses to promote to Huawei.
Final week, the China-based information outlet Caixen reported that numerous main chipmakers had utilized for licenses to promote to Huawei.
However every chipmaker must disclose whether or not or not it obtained licenses as a result of the Commerce Division spokesperson mentioned, “We can’t disclose any licensing info per federal legislation.”
U.S. based mostly Qualcomm didn’t instantly reply to a request, confirming whether or not it had utilized for and/or obtained a license to promote to Huawei.
Non-U.S. corporations might have a tougher time getting Commerce Division approval.
Earlier this yr when delivering the corporate’s annual report, one among Huawei’s Rotating Chairmen Eric Xu mentioned if the Trump administration additional restricted the availability of semiconductor chips to the corporate, Huawei may look to chipsets from suppliers in China, Korea and Taiwan. However the Commerce Division’s newest transfer appear supposed to shut off that avenue.
Xu additionally mentioned in the long term “if Huawei was denied entry to chip manufacturing, I imagine there can be many Chinese language firms that might begin engaged on chipsets.”