ARM Designs Latest Chip With a Minimum of US Technology So It Can Be Licensed to Huawei

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The other key supplier of chip-making machines is The Netherlands but isn’t able to supply the full range of machines needed

UK-based chip designer Arm Holdings said that its latest chip architecture, Armv9, is not subject to the US’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which means it is able to be licensed to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

According to a report by, Arm said it has IPs originates from the US as well as outside the US, and after thorough investigations, it confirmed that the Armv9 architecture is not under the rule of EAR, the US restrictions on supplying Huawei.

It is good news for Huawei and its chip arm, Hisilicon, which is blacklisted by the US government, but the significance might be limited as the Chinese company still faces pressures finding chip manufacturers, Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Beijing-based Information Consumption Alliance, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

“It is a small success for Huawei. The Arm architecture is a basic framework for chip design,” Xiang said, “The Kirin 990 chip, for example, is built based on the Arm’s design architecture.”

It is not the first time that Arm has decided to continue supplying chip technology to Huawei. In 2019, Huawei secured a lifelong license of the Armv8-A architecture from the chip designer.

Arm disclosed some details about the latest Armv9 architecture, and the company expects will be used in over 300 billion chips in the coming years..

Huawei still faces pressure from the US government restricting its technological supplies. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, has also stopped taking new manufacturing orders from Huawei.

Source: Global Times

  1. mijj says

    but surely Armv9, *is* subject to the US’s Export Administration Regulations by way of the “you don’t want your kids to have an accident on the way to school, do you?” clause

    1. Bill Jackson says

      China needs to develop their own microchip technology/manufacturing. I’m sure they are and I’m sure they will.

        1. Theo Phraste says

          If it was a doubt about China will pass front USA here you get the prove they will. Making sanctions against China is the best way to boost them to be better. Like they made with Russia. the Sanctions are the best thing ever for Putin to boost the development of the production of meat, cheeses ect. Who could imagine Russia could export cheese 10 years ago?

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