Arm Opens a Door to Huawei, Saying the Latest Armv9 Architecture Is Not Subject to US Export Regulations

March 31, 2021 11:40 pm

On Tuesday afternoon, Arm, the British microprocessors provider, held a Vision Day event at which it teased details about its upcoming Arm v9 architecture.

The Armv9 takes over the Armv8, which is the company’s latest Arm architecture in the past 10 years. According to this company, the new architecture delivers 30% more performance over the next two generations of processors for mobile devices and data center servers such as AWS.

According to Chinese financial news outlet Yicai, speaking of the latest progress of cooperation with Huawei after the US sanctions, a representative of Arm said that after a thorough review, the company determined that its Armv9 architecture is not subject to the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

“Arm has notified relevant US government agencies, and we will continue to comply with the US Department of Commerce's guidelines for Huawei and its affiliate HiSilicon," said the representative.

The Commerce Department banned the export of US technology to Huawei in May 2019, calling the Chinese company a security threat. 

Then, in August 2020, Commerce tightened the rules again, saying it will require such manufacturers to get a license even if they are selling chips that were not designed by Huawei but are intended for Huawei’s use. It cut Huawei off from most of the world’s semiconductors because chipmakers can’t escape using US software and equipment in their production process.