Struggling Huawei runs out of advanced in-house-designed chips for smartphones amid US trade sanctions, Counterpoint report says
- Huawei’s inventory of smartphone chips designed by semiconductor unit HiSilicon reached zero in the third quarter, according to a Counterpoint report
- The Chinese tech giant has struggled to get advanced new chips made by major semiconductor foundries because of tightened US restrictions
“Based on our checks and sell-through data, Huawei has finished its inventory of HiSilicon chipsets,” Counterpoint said in its latest report on global smartphone application processor market share.
HiSilicon’s share of the global smartphone application market this year reached zero in the third quarter, down from 0.4 per cent in the previous quarter and 3 per cent in the second quarter of last year.
Huawei did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Wednesday.
The latest industry data highlights the difficulties that Huawei, which operates in more than 170 countries, continues to go through three years after it was blacklisted by the US.
Before the tightened US sanctions, HiSilicon accounted for 16 per cent of the global chipset market share in the second quarter of 2020, according to Counterpoint data, on the back of its shipments of advanced Kirin chips used on Huawei’s smartphones.
The company’s latest flagship smartphones, which have 4G and satellite connections, are powered by Qualcomm chipsets.