A 5G smartphone from Huawei has reignited debate over chip technology and China’s ability to skirt US curbs.
The surprise launch of the Huawei Mate60 Pro has triggered an international guessing game over what is inside it.
Huawei quietly spent months racing to stockpile critical radio chips ahead of Trump administration sanctions, ensuring it can keep supplying Chinese carriers in their $170-billion roll-out of 5G technology.
The usual agenda of trumpeting China’s chip innovation at a major industry confab was coloured by fears the industry might be next to suffer trade sanctions from the Trump administration.
Ramped-up US restrictions on Huawei are likely to cut off the Chinese smartphone maker’s access to even off-the-shelf chips and disrupt the global tech supply chain once again, executives and experts cautioned.
The Trump administration announced on Monday it will further tighten restrictions on Huawei Technologies, aimed at cracking down on its access to commercially available chips.
TSMC hopes to keep supplying Huawei Technologies but is confident its other customers can replace any business lost because of tightening US curbs on China’s largest tech company.
The Trump administration has fired multiple salvos against Huawei since the start of a campaign to derail China’s technological ascendancy. The latest blow threatens to cripple the country’s tech champion.
The latest US government action against Huawei takes direct aim the company’s HiSilicon chip division – a business that in a few short years has become central to China’s ambitions in semiconductor technology.
Restrictions introduced by Washington on Friday that ostensibly aim to allay US cybersecurity concerns are really designed to safeguard American dominance of global tech, a Huawei executive said on Monday.