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Huawei says Qualcomm has applied for a license to sell it chips


The logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main U.K. offices in Reading, west of London, on January 28, 2020.

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Huawei said that Qualcomm has applied for a license to sell it chips and will use them in smartphones if permission is granted by the U.S. government. 

China’s Huawei was put on a U.S. blacklist last year that restricted American businesses from selling products to the Chinese phonemaker. U.S. companies, including Qualcomm, were required to get a license from the government to export goods to companies on that list. 

Then in May this year, Washington amended a rule to require foreign manufacturers using U.S. chipmaking equipment to get a license before being able to sell semiconductors to Huawei. The U.S. government tightened this rule in August, a move which could lead to a “near-total” cut-off for Huawei from key semiconductor. 

Huawei designs its own smartphones chips called Kirin, via its HiSilicon subsidiary. But Kirin is manufactured by Taiwanese contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. From Sept. 15, TSMC was no longer able to supply chips to Huawei. 

“The U.S. has been continuously attacking us … and that has posed great challenges to our production and our operation,” Guo Ping, rotating chairman at Huawei, said on Wednesday. “We got the last batch of chipsets in middle of September, we are still evaluating more details.”

Guo said that the company has “sufficient stock” of chips for its business to business divisions, which would include its networking equipment. He did not comment on how much stock is left for its smartphones.

Due to the U.S. sanctions, Huawei has very few options when it comes to procuring the chips it needs now. 

Qualcomm has been lobbying the U.S. government to allow it to export chips to Huawei, according to a Wall Street Journal report in August. The U.S. chip giant argued in a presentation seen by the WSJ that the export restrictions will hand billions of sales to Qualcomm’s competitors. 

I’ve noticed Qualcomm has applied for a license to export products to Huawei from the U.S. government and if they get the license we are willing to continue to procure from them and use their chipsets in our smartphones

Guo Ping

rotating chairman of Huawei

During the company’s second quarter earnings results last year, CEO Steve Mollenkopf blamed the export restrictions on Huawei for weakness in its numbers at the time. 

Huawei has more recently used its own Kirin chip in its smartphones. But now that it cannot get those semiconductors, Qualcomm could fill the gap if it gets an export license. That would be a big boost for Qualcomm’s business. 

“Qualcomm has always been a very important partner of Huawei. Over the past decade and more, Huawei has been procuring chipsets from Qualcomm. I’ve noticed Qualcomm has applied for a license to export products to Huawei from the U.S. government and if they get the license we are willing to continue to procure from them and use their chipsets in our smartphones,” Guo said. 

Qualcomm was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC. 

Meanwhile Intel has been granted a license by the U.S. to sell certain products to Huawei, according to Reuters



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Local non-profit hopes license plate will help raise awareness for childhood cancer


SALINA, Kan. (KWCH) Seven-year-old Chloe Feyerherm died from brain cancer in 2007. She’s the girl behind the “Love, Chloe Foundation.”

“We had a lot of community support through her journey and that’s what got us through everything,” said Chloe’s mom, Heidi Feyerherm-Smith.

She started the non-profit to help other kids and families going through a cancer diagnosis too.

The group does everything from providing financial support to emotional support for kids and their families in more than 12 Kansas counties, but to do that, funds are crucial.

Heidi is hoping a license plate to raise awareness of childhood cancer will help. There are dozens of distinctive license plates in the state and she hopes the design the group came up with will eventually be added.

The organization is working with a local lawmaker to create a bill and make the plate one you can choose to buy at the DMV. It will cost $50 and all the funds would go straight to the Love, Chloe Foundation to supply gas gift cards for families traveling for treatment.

But first, the bill has to pass through the Kansas legislature.

“There has been hundreds of families impacted in the state and I’m sure their friends and family would support this to raise awareness and help raise funds,” said Chloe’s mom.

She hopes lawmakers looking at the bill will give it a chance. She says it should go to the legislature sometime in January.

There are more than 1,000 signatures on a petition needed to get statewide support. You can go to Lovechloe.org to sign it.





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Man arrested after crashing into BP gas station, removing license plate before fleeing scene


BRANDON TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) — A 24-year-old man was arrested after driving his vehicle into a BP gas station on Ortonville Road and then removing his license plate before leaving the scene, police say.

The incident occurred at the BP gas station in the 1700 block of Ortonville Road in the early morning hours of Oct. 24.

The suspect, William David Edmonds, was a regular at that gas station, a clerk told police. On that day, he purchased beer, opened one and got into his vehicle, according to a police report. Edmonds’ vehicle was parked near gas pumps.

An employee at the gas station told police that Edmonds then accelerated at a high rate of speed, then turned 180 degrees, striking a gas pump island and then driving into the building.

The employee told police that Edmonds took his license plate off the vehicle along with some papers from inside the truck then left on foot from the scene.

Edmonds was located 13 hours later, and arrested by Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies at his home.

While in custody, Edmonds told police he was trying to speed around the gas pump to give his new tires a spin. As he was speeding, he hit a curb and lost control and crashed through the store. Edmonds also admitted to police that he had been drinking.

He added that after the crash, he became scared, which is why he fled the scene. He told police that he had not intention of driving into the building and putting others in danger.

Edmonds is charged with reckless leaving the scene of an accident. He was arraigned on Oct. 25.





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