Intel, Broadcom, and Qualcomm reportedly staying away from Huawei

Another blow to Huawei by the US



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After Google, other American companies are now complying with the US government’s ban on doing business with the Chinese giant Huawei. The latest report comes from Bloomberg and we have three of the world’s top chip designers in hot waters.

Intel, Broadcom, and Qualcomm are said to be cutting ties with Huawei following the US’ ban. According to Bloomberg‘s sources, the US chipmakers will freeze their supply deals with Huawei for now.

Even though Huawei already makes their own mobile processor and modem, they still heavily rely on Intel for server chips and laptop processors for its MateBook line.  The company’s ties with Qualcomm and Broadcom might have less effect since they have been stockpiling chips from US suppliers that’ll last for a few months, according to another Bloomberg report.

On the software side, we already know Huawei is working on in-house alternatives to Android for mobile and Windows for laptops since they know this is bound to happen.

The US ban will clearly challenge Huawei’s performance in the global market, but their home base in China won’t be affected.

SEE ALSO: Google begins blacklisting Huawei from its services


Xiaomi announces three new manufacturing plants in India

Two for smartphones and one for smart TVs



Xiaomi announced it’ll be opening three new manufacturing facilities in India to boost its local presence and supply chain. Two of them shall be dedicated to smartphones while the third ones for smart TVs.

Xiaomi’s India Head and Global Vice President, Manu Kumar Jain, said that 99 percent of its smartphones sold in India and 100 percent of its televisions will now be manufactured within the country.

In a briefing to GadgetMatch, he said that Xiaomi has been assembling phones and TVs in India for a while now. But many components are still imported, and the company is trying to reduce this as much as possible. Xiaomi has partnered with DBG India, and its plant in Haryana is already functional.

The second facility will be set up in Tamil Nadu by Chinese electronics maker BYD. The two plants are strategically located to ensure the supply chain runs smoothly across the country. For the smart TVs, Xiaomi has tied up with Hyderabad-based television manufacturer Radiant.

The Chinese phone maker has already tied up with Foxconn and Flex for smartphones and Dixon Technologies for televisions. Jain even went on to say that a vast majority of the phone components that include printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) and sub-boards, chargers and battery, back panels are domestically manufactured in the country.

Jain also proudly said in the briefing that Xiaomi now employs 60,000 people in India via its many facilities, retail units, and back-end operations. Xiaomi’s investment in India isn’t surprising because it has been serious about the market for years and has solidified its standing as an indisputable leader.

The Indian government recently kicked-off a billion-dollar scheme to encourage local sourcing. Also dubbed Production Linked Incentive (PLI), the government is ready to offer subsidies and tariff reliefs for companies that are open to localization. The program has worked wonders for companies on the electronics front, and thousands of jobs are being generated.

Despite competition from Samsung, realme, OPPO, and vivo, the company has largely remained unscathed. However, the brand is still in warm waters due to geopolitical instability between India and China. The anti-China sentiment has affected many Chinese players like Huawei, TikTok, Alibaba, and more. But Xiaomi and other mobile phone markers have avoided controversy by amalgamating with the local market and the workforce.

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Biden wants to make US tech ‘China-free’

Will affect chipsets and EV batteries



For the past four years, the Trump administration has tried to severely impede the rapid expansion of Chinese companies on American soil. For the most part, Trump was largely successful in firing a horrific warning shot especially with Huawei as an example. Now that Trump is finally out of office, Chinese tech companies are hopeful that the Biden administration will be more lenient. Unfortunately, that might not be the case. According to a report, Biden is making the American tech industry “China-free.”

According to Nikkei, Biden is in the process of signing an executive order which will jumpstart a supply chain without China’s help. Instead, the United States will tap into partners in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.

Currently, the plan will include semiconductors and EV batteries. Though the plan doesn’t include everything related to smartphones, it will ensure China-free chipsets going forward especially for Apple and Google. With enough resources and ties, the China-free goal should be feasible enough for the biggest American companies. However, for those without such resources, China might already be way too ingrained in how certain companies operate their business.

No one knows how the supposed deal will impact any Chinese companies already trying to succeed on American soil. However, a China-free supply chain might ruin business for Chinese suppliers.

SEE ALSO: iPad and MacBook production to shift from China to Vietnam

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OPPO will share VOOC technology with other companies

Named the Flash Initiative



The ongoing charging wars is one of the (sometime, literally) hottest races to follow in the technology industry. Particularly, Chinese tech companies are rushing to build the fastest wired and wireless charging solutions for consumers. Because a war is a war, most brands are keeping their solutions for themselves without sharing. However, confirmed through a new initiative, OPPO is sharing its VOOC technology with other companies.

Today, OPPO has launched the Flash Initiative, which licenses the proprietary technology to other brands for third-party chargers. Currently, the initiative is available for Anker, FAW-Volkswagen, and NXP Semiconductors. Naturally, the most exciting among the three is Anker. The company is already known for making third-party, consumer-friendly chargers. Meanwhile, FAW-Volkswagen can potentially bring the super-fast charging solution to vehicles.

Besides the three companies, OPPO has not revealed whether other companies will eventually join the initiative. At the moment, the Chinese company is still keeping its precious charging technology close to its heart.

As of now, the VOOC technology can go up to 125W of wired charging speeds. According to past tests, the technology can reportedly fill up an empty smartphone in just a few minutes. Recently, OPPO also unveiled a 65W wireless charging solution to the public during MWC C.

Once accessible to other companies, charging might not be an issue for the everyday consumer anymore.

SEE ALSO: OPPO launches 125W flash charge, new VOOC, flash charge lineup

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