Global tech companies keep of Huawei after US ban

25 May 2019 11:33 AM
Global tech firms, including chip suppliers, are cutting ties with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd after the US government settle the world’s largest telecom apparatus maker on a trade blacklist citing national security concerns.

The United States has effectively banned its companies from doing business with Huawei, exacerbating an ongoing Sino-US trade war. The ban applies to goods that have 25% or more of US-originated technology or materials, and may affect non-American firms.

Huawei is allowed to buy US goods until Aug. 19 to maintain existing telecoms networks and provide software updates to its smartphones.

Following are companies that have suspended business with the Chinese firm:

** ALPHABET INC: Google on May 19 suspended the transfer of hardware, software and technical services to Huawei, except what it has made publicly available via open source licensing.

** US CHIPMAKERS: Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Xilinx Inc and Broadcom Inc told their employees they will not supply critical software or components to Huawei until further notice, Bloomberg reported on May 19.

** SYNOPSYS INC: The electronic products and software maker said on May 23 that the company is restricting trade with Huawei after the Chinese company was blacklisted by U.S. last week this will impact its revenue.

** LUMENTUM HOLDINGS INC: The optical components maker said on May 20 it discontinued all shipments to Huawei, adding it “intends to fully comply with U.S. imposed license requirements”. Huawei represented 18% of the company’s total revenue in the latest quarter.

** QORVO INC: The radio frequency chipmaker said on May 21 it expects first-quarter revenue to take a $50 million hit due to a halt in shipments to Huawei. The Chinese firm represents 15% of Qorvo’s total revenue in the year ended March 30.

** ANALOG DEVICES INC: Chief Executive Officer Vincent Roche on May 22 said his company will not be shipping anything to Huawei for the foreseeable future.

** PANASONIC CORP: The Japanese electronics giant said on May 23 it had stopped shipments of certain components to Huawei. It will still sell some components to Huawei, a point it made clear on its China website.

** NEOPHOTONICS CORP: The optical components maker said on May 23 it wrote down certain inventories as a result of the US ban on Huawei, while “fully complying with the restrictions” by ceasing shipments of products.

** MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC: Chief Financial Officer David Zinsner said on May 23 the chipmaker, which earned 13% of its revenue in the first and second quarter from Huawei, was restricted from exporting additional product to the Chinese company.

** MICROSOFT CORP: The software maker has stopped accepting new orders from Huawei as it moves to comply with the US ban, a South China Morning Post report on May 24 said. The two areas of business between Huawei and Microsoft - Windows operating systems for laptops and other content-related services - have been suspended 

** IQE Plc: UK-based maker of semiconductor wafers used in chips said on May 24 that the US ban of Huawei could lead to delay in orders and the need for adjustment of supplier managed inventory levels, mainly in its wireless business unit. IQE supplies wafers to multiple chip companies, some of whom supply to Huawei.