ARM, which was bought by the Japanese Softbank for $ 32 billion in 2016, had to stop trading with Huawei after the US effectively banned US companies from doing so. Last month, Huawei had to release the Mate 30 Pro without Google Play, Google Maps, YouTube and other major Google services. However, it was able to find alternative suppliers for other components and made its own Kirin 990 mobile processor for the Mate 30 using the ARM design architecture.
Losing access to ARM’s designs would be “an insurmountable hurdle for Huawei,” an analyst told Engadget earlier this year. Now it looks as if the company (and its HiSilicon chip department) will be fine in this regard, at least for now. While ARM said its Armv8 A and Next Gen architecture came from the UK, it is not clear if any additional designs would be approved.
“Arm actively communicates with department officials about any support from our partner, HiSilicon, and we remain confident that we comply with the parameters of these guidelines,” it said.
Currently, Huawei can handle without the services of Google, as revenues have risen despite the sanctions. There is no doubt that relations between China and the US will warm, but that looks pretty hopeless right now.