While Huawei remains stuck in legal limbo regarding trade with US companies, at least one firm which ceased doing business with Huawei is resuming such.
Softbank’s ARM, maker of the technology that powers chips behind basically every smartphone you can think of, stopped doing business with Huawei in response to the US’s action.
Now, after a legal review of its own position, the firm has confirmed that it would resume doing business with the larger company once more.
“ARM’s v8 and v9 are UK-origin technologies,” an ARM spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday, “ARM can provide support to HiSilicon for the ARM v8-A architecture, as well as the next generation of that architecture, following a comprehensive review of both architectures, which have been determined to be of UK origin. ARM is actively communicating with department officials regarding any support of our partner HiSilicon, and we remain confident we are operating within the parameters of those guidelines.”
Huawei may have been able to temper the loss of Google Play Services with its own operating system, but the loss of ARM would have been a tougher pill to swallow. It’s a good thing the firm doesn’t have to taste it just yet.