Huawei will stop production of Kirin flagship chips due to US pressure on its operations

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U.S. pressure on Huawei suppliers has made it impossible for Chinese group HiSilicon’s chip division to continue manufacturing chips, which are essential components for mobile phones, said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer products division. the new Mate 40 phone.

While US-China relations have been the most difficult in decades, Washington is pressuring governments around the world to eliminate Huawei, arguing that the group is handing over data to the Chinese government for espionage. Huawei denies spying for China.

The United States is also demanding the extradition from Canada of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who is accused of bank fraud and breach of the embargo against Iran.

In May, the Commerce Department issued an order requiring US software vendors and equipment manufacturers not to do business with Huawei without obtaining a license.

“Starting September 15, our Kirin flagship processors will no longer be able to be produced. All our artificial intelligence chips will no longer be able to be processed. It’s a huge loss for us, “Yu was quoted as saying by Caixin magazine.

Huawei’s HiSilicon division relies on software from US companies such as Cadence Design Systems or Synopsys to design the chips, and production is outsourced to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), which uses US equipment.

Huawei declined to comment on the article published by Caixin.

TSMC, Cadence, and Synopsys did not immediately respond to requests for comment by Reuters.

HiSilicon produces a wide range of chips, including Kirin processors, which are only included on Huawei smartphones and are the only Chinese processors that can compete with Qualcomm for quality.

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