WSJ: Qualcomm wants exemption to sell chips to Huawei

Huawei recently told us that the company will soon run out of chips for its smartphones. Due to the US blacklisting, they can no longer manufacture their own Kirin. The Mate 40 is expected to be the last new phone with a top-of-the-line chip from Huawei.

A report from the Wall Street Journal claims that Qualcomm is seeking an exemption from the ban, so it can sell chips to Huawei for future smartphones and tablets. According to the report, Qualcomm believes that the blacklisting will otherwise provide major benefits to non-American players such as Samsung (Exynos) and Mediatek.

The source writes that it is potentially about orders worth 8 billion dollars, which today corresponds to just under 70 billion kroner. If Qualcomm gets an exemption and the deal goes through, it would mean in practice that the US prevented Huawei from using its own chips and pushed the company to instead turn to a domestic actor.

Otherwise, it is likely that Huawei mainly uses MediaTek as a supplier. For example, MediaTek Dimensity is already in some Huawei phones.

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