Qualcomm and Intel comply with the White House ban, cut chip supplies to Huawei

Qualcomm and Intel comply with the White House ban, cut chip supplies to Huawei
As if the maker of the world's most popular mobile operating system cutting you off wasn't unpleasant enough for Huawei, US chip makers will also be forced to do so, or risk the wrath of the current White House administration.

Qualcomm, the maker of all things Snapdragon and 4G/5G modems, as well as Broadcom, a supplier of Wi-fi and other connectivity chips, will also have to deal with the administration's thinly veiled restrictions for doing business with precisely Huawei. 

Intel is in the mix, too, reports Bloomberg, just when Huawei laptops started getting glowing tech reviews for their design, battery longevity and value-for-money configurations. Infineon, the German modem maker that Intel bought in 2011, has also received marching orders to cut supply to Huawei effective immediately. 

Needless to say, Huawei makes its own mobile processors and has a 5G connectivity modem already in retail devices, so it wouldn't be as worried about US chip makers shunning its business. Moreover, it has apparently anticipated the chip ban and stockpiled a three-month supply, but Google's move is potentially much more devastating as it will be hard to find a replacement. 

Not of the Android system per se, as Huawei has been working on an alternative for a while now, but for the apps it launches. On the plus side, excellent phones like the P30 Pro may become much cheaper now. Morbid humor, but Google isn't cutting Huawei off completely until Android Q rolls in. That is a few short months from now, though, so it will be interesting to follow China's reaction to this hostile US attitude and Huawei's ban as a collateral damage in the larger trade war between the two nations.

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16 Comments

1. blingblingthing

Posts: 974; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Damn this is crippling news. Also, I'm sure this is more of leverage for the trade war as I haven't seen any confirmation of backdoors in huawei's products just allegations.

4. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

With US tech they still cant find a single backdoor. This is just a excuse.

13. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Just an excuse? I thought huawei said before that not having US sales will not hurt. They're also thumping chest out that 5g network is nothing without huawei. Since this is an all-out ban, I'm waiting for that huawei ego they've been boasting for months.

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2331; Member since: May 04, 2015

For some reason the first thing that came to my mind was the Taiwanese Asus Zenfone 6. People will be more wary of buying any Chinese phone if this escalates and the Zenfone 6 is just as good as any phone available today for killer prices.

31. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Taiwanese are also chinamans in disguise. Do not support them. Let them go the way of the HTC. If you want the best tech, best quality, and best value in the world, buy Samsung. The Galaxy S10 series, which is the undisputed champ in the cell phone world can be had for $600 or under with promotions. You can't beat that

18. d1g1te

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

US needs to quickly manufacture some fake evidence ASAP! :D

2. Bobbii

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

26. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

The Register UK has also published the news recently about back doors in Cisco equipment. When an American company get busted doing bad stuff, all news and tech sites become silent. But when even a fake news about huawei surfaces, you can see long articles about it. Below link about Cisco :https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2019/05/02/cisco_vulnerabilities/

6. vickygamit

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

And I think somehow it will affect consumers in a bad way not Government

7. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Good move. Right time to move tech away from US hegemony. Support the alternatives.

11. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Huawei should make amends with US. Their phones are so much better now. Its a pity if production is crippled.

15. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, etc all are US and having a control of entire world. Time to move to alternatives and diversify.

25. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I am fully agree with you. US is really getting bully by suppressing those countries which doesn't want to act as a puppet. I think that the world should get rid of American dominance in software industry. iOS, Android, windows etc all should be replaced with none American softwares. There are no options at the moment but I hope other countries will step up their game and will develop competitive OSes in the future.

17. berns

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

I think it is fair enough, China is communist fascism that bans a lot of US and foreign companies that  doesn't fall into the line with their ideologies or political orientations, now it is US to take turn to ban one of theirs.

20. d1g1te

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

Yeah, that is exactly why Chinese government haven't banned iPhone production in China. ;) I guess now it's right time to show have real ban looks like to people like you. :) Doing that would be stupid of course. As stupid as this ban.

27. Damac71nina

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Chinese government are assholes and that’s putting it nicely but there people aren’t bad they reverse engineer almost everything but at the same time 90% of things in most households are made in China if there government is such an issue maybe there leadership needs to be overthrown and taken over by someone with integrity that we can trust. Don’t mean to get religious but Satan must love China with the rules there implementing with there social scores n bs Dirty ass American government wants it here as well what’s next Marshall law?

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