Huawei Runs Into More Roadblocks

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 33 Comments

After the US government backlisted Huawei, the company’s been facing a lot of problems. And now, it’s getting some more roadblocks in the industry.

Nikkei is reporting that Huawei has faced a couple of new bans following the US government ban. The Wi-F Alliance has “temporarily restricted” Huawei’s membership, which means it will no longer be able to have a say on the standards for wireless technology.

Elsewhere, the SD Association, which is known for developing the standards of the SD Card, has also removed Huawei as one of its members That means Huawei will also no longer be able to participate in discussions for the future of SD Card standards.

And lastly, JEDEC, which sets semiconductor standards, no longer has Huawei as one of its members. Huawei has apparently withdrawn its membership from the JEDEC, which includes companies like Qualcomm and Samsung Semiconductor. Qualcomm and others have already stopped supplying chips to Huawei following the US Government ban, so that’s not a surprise either.

Huawei will continue to be able to use these standards, but they simply won’t be able to have a say in the future of these standards. It remains unknown whether the US government will reverse its decision to ban Huawei, but this could severely affect the relationship between the Chinese and the American tech industries. As Nikkei noted, the continued trade tension between the US and China could lead to Chinese tech companies not relying too much on the US going forward and working on their own standards instead.

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