In the middle of the cold trade war between the U.S. and China, Huawei is greatly affected for no reason, maybe. Just after Donald Trump has ordered US companies to stop any kind of trade with the Chinese tech giant, Huawei is getting bad news day by day. After Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom, ARM has also waved goodbye to the company. ARM, the Uk chip manufacturer has sent a memo to its staff asking them to suspend all the contracts and pending engagements with Huawei. So the Huawei ARM Saga is here now with a new twist in the story.
Huawei ARM Saga: ARM cuts ties with Huawei, threatening future chip designs
ARM is owned by Japan’s SoftBank and is also based out of UK, however, its design contains “US-origin technology. ARM also told the Chinese mobile manufacturer that unfortunately, it will not be providing any further support and delivery technology to the company. It will also not discuss technical matters with the company as well.
This move will have drastic consequences on Huawei’s ambitions to become the number one smartphone in the world as ARM is the foundation of HiSilicon’s Kirin chipsets. It can be evident from an example of P30 Pro which is powered by Kirin 980 chipset containing ARM’s Cortex A76 and A55 cores. In short, without ARM, Huawei cannot make a phone.
The company has collaborated with Aptoide to make its own play store but how many collaborations Huawei will have to make in order to manufacture a single device? Though the Chinese tech giant is confident that it can perform better without US trading companies, I doubt!