After about six months of embargo, ARM will be able to start working with Huawei again. The British company announced on October 25 that its legal teams had found a way to circumvent Washington's bans.
All that was needed was a paternity test. Determined to find its lucrative contracts with Huawei, ARM, the English company behind the SoC architecture of smartphones, has asked its legal teams to find a way around the North American embargo. Since May, the two multinationals had been forced to stop all collaboration. October 25, by email sent to the agency Reuters, the firm announces to have found a solution. And it turns out to be extremely simple: its technology is British and non-US.
Locals in the United States at the heart of the problem
A British company explains that its technologies are British. The reasoning seems obvious, but if ARM has taken so long to formalize it, it's because the reasons turn out to be logistical. The company, owned by a Japanese holding company, has a large number of offices in the United States, some of which are dedicated to research and development. It was therefore necessary for the legal teams to prove that their involvement is not sufficient to determine a US origin. "ARM can continue to provide HiSilicon licenses (Huawei's division dedicated to the development of processors, Ed) for the ARM v8 architecture, as well as all other patents for the next generation, says a spokesman for ARM. We have thoroughly studied the licenses and both architectures have been created in the UK. "
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