MediaTek asks the U.S. for permission to ship its chips to Huawei
With Huawei considered to be a national security threat in the states, there is no question that the U.S. would prefer to reject MediaTek’s request for permission to manufacture cutting-edge chips for Huawei. The Chinese manufacturer was the top phone manufacturer in the world during the month of May and was second to Samsung during the second quarter of the year. It also was the largest networking equipment supplier in the world during Q2. Next month, the firms’ most technologically advanced handset line, the Mate 40, could start undergoing mass-production. Huawei produces two major flagship phone series each year. In the spring it unveils its photography oriented P series with the P50 model set to be released next April. That will be followed by next fall’s Mate 50 line.
If MediaTek can get permission from the U.S. to ship chips to Huawei-certainly no sure thing in the current environment, it will take plenty of pressure off of Huawei.
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