The US is allowing a growing number of companies to sell chips to Huawei's non-5G business, the Financial Times reported Thursday.
The report noted that some of those who recently attended a briefing said that officials have indicated that the US will allow more and more chip companies to supply components to Huawei as long as they do not use the chips for Huawei's 5G business.
The US Department of Commerce “has been telling companies in recent conversations that while licenses to supply Huawei are handled with a view to denial, this can be overcome if you can demonstrate that your technology does not support 5G”, said a semiconductor executive involved in dialogue with the department, referring to the cutting-edge telecoms infrastructure.
Executives at two Asian semiconductor companies said they were optimistic that their applications for licenses to resume shipments to Huawei would be approved. “It has been indicated to us that chips for mobile devices are not a problem,” said one of them.
Reuters reported on October 27 that Samsung Display had received a license from the US Department of Commerce to supply OLED panels to Huawei.
But the Nikkei Asian Review said that currently approved by the US government is only the panel part, the chip (semiconductor chips for panel drive) part is not included.
In May, the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced strict restrictions on Huawei's use of US technology, software design and manufacturing of semiconductor chips. 15 September, due to US restrictions, a number of semiconductor companies to stop supplying chips to Huawei.