Intel Corporation has received licenses from United States authorities that allow it to continue supplying some products to Chinese company Huawei Technologies, a company spokesman stated on Tuesday.
Over recent years, the U.S. government has been pushing global governments to squeeze out Huawei from the market, with relations between the U.S. and China being at their worst in decades.
The U.S. claims that the telecoms giant would hand data to the Chinese government for espionage.
From September 15, new measures were put into place in order to discourage U.S. companies to supply or service Huawei.
Over this week, the state-backed China Securities Journal stated that Intel had received the necessary permission in order to supply Huawei.
Last week, China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) confirmed that it had also sought permission to continue servicing Huawei.
SMIC currently uses equipment that originated from the U.S. to make chips for Huawei and other companies.
Huawei, which was founded in 1987 by a former engineer in China’s People’s Liberation Army, has repeatedly denied the claims by the U.S. that it is acting as a spy on the U.S. for China, and has claimed that the U.S. is simply trying to smear its reputation due to Western-based companies struggling to keep up in terms of 5G technology.
The U.S. is currently worried that 5G dominance could grant China an advantage that the U.S. government is not ready to accept, with plenty of observers claiming that the technological race is similar to the Cold War arms race.
Chipmakers such as Macronix, Micron and SK Hynix have recently joined Qualcomm, Samsung and the SMIC in wanting to have the approval from the U.S. to be allowed to sell electronic components to Huawei.
The new ban on exports to Huawei has threatened to cut off Huawei’s supplies of key components to their smartphones and other products, with semiconductors, displays, camera lenses and printed circuit boards all being in limited supply.
Prior to the chip ban, Huawei had overtook Samsung as the world’s largest smartphone seller with more than 200 million units sold in 2019.