Huawei built up a year’s worth of chip inventory expecting a ban

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Preparing for a day when it would no longer be able to count on sourcing U.S. parts and components, Huawei starting stocking up about a year’s worth of certain components. This turned out to be the right thing to do in light of the Trump administration’s decision to place the company on the Commerce Department’s Entity List. After the current three-month temporary license expires, Huawei will need U.S. government approval to acquire supplies from the states. And already chip-related companies like Qualcomm, Intel, Xilinx, Qorvo and ARM Holdings have announced that they have cut ties with the …

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