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Qualcomm applies for special license to supply chips for Huawei

Since September 15th, Huawei’s main chip-provider TSMC is no longer able to manufacture chips developed by Huawei’s HiSilicon under a new trade restriction from the U.S. which prohibit chip-makers that utilize U.S. chipmaking equipment from supplying chips to Huawei.

Huawei MWC 2019
Huawei MWC 2019 | Image: Huawei Press Center

Those companies that intend to supply chips to Huawei will have to apply and obtain special licenses from the U.S. Commerce Department. Last month, Taiwanese chip-maker MediaTek already confirmed that the company had applied for licenses with the U.S. government in an attempt to reinstate their business with Huawei.

Now, a new report from CNBC has revealed that Qualcomm had also applied for the same license which will entail the company to begin shipping chips to Huawei. If approved, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets are likely to be used in Huawei smartphones in the near future.

Although Huawei’s smartphone business is currently in jeopardy due to the trade restrictions, but its laptop business had received some relief after Intel was granted a license to sell certain products to Huawei according to a report from Reuters.

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