At the ARM China Media Communication Conference on September 25, ARM Holdings clarified that their cooperation with Huawei and HiSilicon will not be affected by the current US sanctions against Huawei.
The British semiconductor maker stressed that whether it’s with regards to their V8 or V9 structure, the patents behind the technologies concerned belong to the UK and thus will not affect their partnership with Huawei and HiSilicon.
Liang Quan, head of ARM China Marketing Department, stressed that the cooperation between Huawei and ARM will continue, and that ARM has never cut off its supply to Huawei. At the same time, due to the special nature of the ARM license agreement, customers have access to the full set of source code and related technical support, whether its IP licensing or architecture licensing.
According to ARM, Chinese clients are fully authorized to use the company’s current structure and future architectures to come. ARM will supply Chinese customers including Huawei and HiSilicon under the premise of legal compliance.
HiSilicon CIO, Qiu Qiu, said that Huawei is in a good place right now, and is more invested in all of its business than before. He stresses that, “In terms of ecological investment, Huawei will continue to expand on this front. ARM is our long-term partner. Now that we’ve distinguished clearly our relationships throughout this matter (Huawei’s inclusion in the US entity list), our cooperation will be strengthened and much more streamlined.”