Top Us Companies Join Google in Huawei Ban

Intel and Qualcomm cut off supplies to Huawei.

The US government on Friday blacklisted Huawei, which Trump's administration accuses of aiding Beijing in espionage, and threatened to cut it off from the U.S. software and semiconductors.
 
 
 
According to a report from Bloomberg Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom, three of the biggest leading chip suppliers are cutting off their dealings with Huawei, effective immediately. Meanwhile, German chipmaker Infineon Technologies has also suspended shipments to Huawei, as have US memory chip makers Micron Technology and Western Digital.
 
These shipment suspensions follow the earlier news of Google abruptly rescinding Huawei’s Android license and halting its access to Google Play Services and the Play Store. This might effectively dump Huawei out of the Android smartphone market.
 
Interestingly, there are also reports indicating Huawei has already been preparing for this eventuality by stockpiling chips from US suppliers. It has chip stocks to last at least three months.
 
Also, Huawei has been developing in-house alternatives to Android and Windows, specifically to try and address a situation such as the present one. Though Microsoft has not made any comment on the situation yet, odds are that it too will respect the US government’s orders.
 
Well, the US government has been making efforts to sideline Huawei for a long time. The current escalation seems a part of an increasingly hostile trade dispute between the US and the Chinese government, with the former trying to force a renegotiation of the trading relationship between the two countries.