February 17, 2020
The US might make it harder for Huawei to buy chips.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Commerce Department may require chip fabrication plants that count Huawei as a customer to get a license to use American equipment, even if the fabs themselves are overseas.
An anonymous source told the Journal: "They don't want any fab in the world to produce anything for Huawei — that's the goal."
Sources told the Journal that the potential new rules could drive fabs to drop Huawei as a customer, or buy non-American equipment. They said the government is set to discuss the rules, and other restrictions, on Feb. 28.