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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Qualcomm Gets Administration Permission to Sell 4G Chips to Huawei

The Trump administration gave Qualcomm a license on Sunday to sell 4G mobile phone chips to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, representing an exemption to US trade restrictions imposed amid rising tensions with the Chinese government.

The Trump administration gave Qualcomm a license on Sunday to sell 4G mobile phone chips to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, representing an exemption to US trade restrictions imposed amid rising tensions with the Chinese government. 

“We received a license for a number of products, which includes some 4G products,” a Qualcomm spokeswoman told the media. 

The spokeswoman didn’t make any comment on the specific 4G products the chipmaker can sell to Huawei, but pointed out they were related to mobile devices. She also said that Qualcomm has other license applications pending with the American government.

Huawei’s potential to design its own chips was thwarted in September the Trump administration’s trade restrictions that blocked its access to chip design software and fabrication tools. 

Industry analysts believe Huawei’s stockpile of chips purchased before this ban could run out in the first quarter of 2021, crippling its smartphone business.

Other American companies such as Micron were also stopped from selling to the Chinese giant and have said they have applied for licenses. Intel has also said it has a license to sell to Huawei.

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