Huawei is much more dependent on its U.S. suppliers than you might think

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Sure, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei can sound like the company has no problems without access to parts and components from U.S. companies like Qualcomm, Intel, and Micron. And that’s because Huawei’s own HiSilicon unit designs its own chips including the Kirin SoCs and Balong modem chips used on its high-end models. HiSilicon president Teresa He Tingbo recently said, “We actually have foreseen this day for many years, and we do have a backup plan.” In a letter written to HiSilicon employees, the executive wrote that HiSilicon will be “self-reliant.” But Reuters reports that chip experts …

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