Huawei is still blacklisted in the U.S., but it received good news this Friday (ARM): ARM concluded that its processor designs are British in origin and do not violate American sanctions, so the subsidiary HiSilicon will be able to use them in its future Kirin processors.
“ARM v8 and v9 technologies are of British origin,” a spokeswoman told Reuters. “ARM can provide HiSilicon support for the ARM v8-A architecture, as well as for the next generation of that architecture, after a comprehensive review of both… which were considered to be of British origin.”
In May, ARM severed ties with Huawei because it believed its processor designs had technology developed in the U.S. She stopped providing support and interrupted all technical discussions with the company and the subsidiary HiSilicon.
ARM is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, but has a branch in Silicon Valley. So it took some time to check whether or not their architectures entered the blockade imposed by the Donald Trump administration.
Huawei uses ARM technology on Kirin 980 and 990
ARM’s technology is used in almost every cell phone: its designs are licensed by Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek. Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone maker, does the same: some examples are the Kirin 980, present on the P30 Proe on Mate X; and the Kirin 990, found on Mate 30 and 30 Pro.
The US government has granted a temporary license to Huawei which ends in mid-November. However, it only allows you to provide support for already installed mobile networks and cell phones launched until May 2019. Mate 30 and 30 Pro do not have access to the Play Store, as Google cannot do business with the company.
With information: Reuters.