[News] Intel Rumored to Temporarily Retain Chip Supply License to Huawei, While AMD Awaits Response

2024-03-13 Consumer Electronics editor

Intel has reportedly retained the export licenses that would have prohibited them from selling laptop processor (CPU) chips to the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. This signifies that Intel has temporarily preserved its business of providing chips worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Huawei.

According to sources cited by Reuters on March 12th, the US placed Huawei on a trade blacklist in 2019, alleging violations of US sanctions. However, at the end of 2020, the US Department of Commerce granted special licenses to some US suppliers, including Intel, allowing them to sell certain technology products to Huawei.

Still, some sources cited in the report believe that Intel’s license is expected to expire later this year and is unlikely to be renewed.

The sources cited in the same report also stated that Intel’s competitor, AMD, had applied for a similar license to sell comparable chips in early 2021 but did not receive approval from the US Department of Commerce. AMD subsequently protested, claiming that the US government’s differential treatment was unfair.

Regarding this matter, Intel, Huawei, the Commerce Department and the White House declined to comment. AMD did not respond to a request for comment.

As per TrendForce, Intel is forecasted to hold a market share of 68.8% in the CPU market in 2024, while AMD is expected to have a share of 20.2%.

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Please note that this article cites information from Reuters.