Huawei relies on ARM to manufacture their Kirin processors and recently, the company has put their production sequences on halt. “All active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” are to be stopped until more clarifications of the US ban’s impact to the company can be made.
ARM is actually based in the UK and has been acquired by Softbank group from Japan. However, their chips contain designs that originate from US technology, which may be impacted by the new US ban. The new ban has prevented tech companies in the US from establishing any business relationship with Huawei. While it has been temporarily lifted, the impact may only be postponed, not prevented.
Huawei has prepared in case they are unable to rely on Android OS or Microsoft by preparing their own operating system. But the huge blow of possibly not being able to use Kirin may give them a huge setback.
Here’s what ARM spokesperson has to say regarding their halted production status:
“ARM is complying with the latest restrictions set forth by the US government and is having ongoing conversations with the appropriate US government agencies to ensure we remain compliant. Arm values its relationship with our longtime partner HiSilicon and we are hopeful for a swift resolution on this matter.”
Huawei has long been relying on US and UK technology and parts, such as Micron, Skyworks, and Qorvo, in manufacturing their high-end gadgets and laptops. Although the company does stock up on parts that will keep them supplied for up to a year, it will run out.
Only time will tell if Huawei will be able to last and prevail with the possible of not being able to produce Kirin processors.