Amazon’s cloud unit taps own chips for new supercomputing offering

Dec 1 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s cloud unit on Tuesday offered a new supercomputing service based on its self-designed processors, a further sign of how chips based on Arm Ltd’s technology are encroaching on Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc turf.

Amazon Web Services, or AWS, sells its computing services based on the customer’s choice of an underlying central processor chip. Software developers have traditionally chosen between Intel or AMD products, but since 2018 Amazon has also offered its own “Graviton” chips designed with technology from Arm, which is in the midst of a $40 billion takeover by Nvidia Corp.

Arm-based chips have long powered mobile phones because they can operate on very low power levels, but they are increasingly used in data centers where their power efficiency helps control costs. The world’s fastest computing system, the Fugaku supercomputer in Japan, is based on Arm chips.

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Qualcomm taps Samsung to make new flagship 5G smartphone chips

Dec 1 (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday announced a new flagship smartphone chip that will feature enhanced gaming and photo abilities and will be manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s chipmaking division.

Called the Snapdragon 888, the 5G chip represents the top of Qualcomm’s lineup for mobile phone processors. Smartphones containing the chip are due to be launched in the first quarter of next year.

High-end Android phones from Xiaomi Corp and LG Electronics Inc are expected to sport the chip.

It is the first time Samsung, which competes fiercely with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), has made Qualcomm’s flagship chip on its new 5-nanometer process for smartphones. The South Korean firm won a contract for 5G chips from Qualcomm earlier this year.

Apple Inc’s iPhones also use a chip made with 5-nanometer technology but analysts believe the iPhone chips are made by TSMC.

This year’s chip focused on

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Intel and Nvidia Chips Power a Chinese Surveillance System

URUMQI, China — At the end of a desolate road rimmed by prisons, deep within a complex bristling with cameras, American technology is powering one of the most invasive parts of China’s surveillance state.

The computers inside the complex, known as the Urumqi Cloud Computing Center, are among the world’s most powerful. They can watch more surveillance footage in a day than one person could in a year. They look for faces and patterns of human behavior. They track cars. They monitor phones.

The Chinese government uses these computers to watch untold numbers of people in Xinjiang, a western region of China where Beijing has unleashed a campaign of surveillance and suppression in the name of combating terrorism.

Chips made by Intel and Nvidia, the American semiconductor companies, have powered the complex since it opened in 2016. By 2019, at a time when reports said that Beijing was using advanced

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Qualcomm can now sell (some) smartphone chips to Huawei

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  • Qualcomm has reportedly confirmed that it can supply some chips to Huawei.
  • The firm is only allowed to supply 4G processors to the Chinese brand.

 

We first heard murmurings last week that Qualcomm received a license to supply some smartphone processors to Huawei. Unfortunately, both parties refused to comment on the report at the time when asked by Android Authority.

Now, Qualcomm has confirmed to Reuters that it has indeed received a green light to sell mobile chips to the Chinese brand. But there is a big caveat attached to the license though, as the US chipmaker is only allowed to sell 4G chips to the firm.

“We received a license for a number of products, which includes some 4G products,” a Qualcomm spokesperson was quoted as saying by the newswire. The representative confirmed that the 4G products were related to mobile devices and added that Qualcomm still had

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Qualcomm gets OK to sell 4G chips to Huawei, despite US ban, report says

Qualcomm has reportedly been granted a license by the US government to sell 4G mobile chips to Huawei, despite a ban on American companies selling technology and parts to the China-based telecommunications company.



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“We received a license for a number of products, which includes some 4G products,” a Qualcomm spokeswoman told Reuters, according to a Saturday report by the news agency. She didn’t specify which products Qualcomm can sell, saying only that they have to do with mobile devices. She also said Qualcomm has other license applications pending.

In August, citing national security and foreign policy concerns, the US Commerce Department expanded restrictions meant to limit Huawei’s access to chips made using American software and equipment. The department said it wouldn’t extend a temporary general license that allowed some transactions involving the “export, reexport, and transfer of items” to Huawei. That temporary license followed

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Trump Administration Lets Qualcomm Sell Huawei 4G Mobile Chips

Huawei is apparently not so bad after all, according to the Trump administration. It just gave Qualcomm permission to sell it chips.

Huawei is apparently not so bad after all, according to the Trump administration. It just gave Qualcomm permission to sell it chips.
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The Trump administration, distracted by other important things, has apparently forgotten that it’s mad at Huawei. If this seems strange to you, it’s probably because we’ve all gotten used to hearing the government go on and on about how the Chinese telecommunications company is a threat to U.S. national security. But alas, these comments apparently do not matter much anymore, because the U.S. government is letting American companies sell certain items to Huawei again.

According to Reuters report, Qualcomm received a license from the U.S. Department of Commerce to sell 4G mobile phone chips to Huawei on Friday. In August, the Trump administration delivered what some called a “lethal blow” to Huawei by banning any company, not just

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US gives Qualcomm approval to sell 4G chips to Huawei despite sanctions

Qualcomm has received permission from the US to sell 4G mobile chips to Huawei, an exemption to the Trump administration’s ban on doing business with the Chinese company, Reuters reported. Qualcomm didn’t specify which products it’s allowed to sell to Huawei, but told Reuters they were related to mobile devices.



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In May 2019, the White House issued an executive order barring US companies from doing business with Chinese companies like Huawei due to national security concerns. In May of this year, the Commerce Department tightened the restrictions to require any overseas semiconductor manufacturers to get a license from the US if they used US equipment or technology to make chips for Huawei. And effective in September, the US began requiring foreign semiconductor manufacturers to get a license to sell chips —even if not designed for Huawei specs— that are intended for the

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Qualcomm gets US permission to sell 4G phone chips to Huawei

The US is making an exception to a ban against Huawei buying US chip technology — if a slight one. Qualcomm has confirmed to Reuters that it has received US government permission to sell 4G phone chips to Huawei. The American company didn’t say which chips were allowed, although the 4G nature makes clear these aren’t the company’s higher-end, 5G-equipped modems or processors.



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Until the trade ban, Huawei was using its in-house Kirin chips for high-end phones (the Mate 40 still does) and Qualcomm’s Snapdragons for budget models. Qualcomm reportedly asked for permission to keep selling those chips with claims that non-US rivals would simply fill the gap.

Huawei’s phone business is still in trouble no matter

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Qualcomm receives U.S. permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei in exception to ban

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(Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc QCOM.O on Friday received a license from the U.S. government to sell 4G mobile phone chips to China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, an exemption to U.S. trade restrictions imposed amid rising tensions with China.

“We received a license for a number of products, which includes some 4G products,” a Qualcomm spokeswoman told Reuters.

Qualcomm and all other American semiconductor companies were forced to stop selling to the Chinese technology firm in September after U.S. trade restrictions took effect.

The spokeswoman declined to comment on the specific 4G products Qualcomm can sell to Huawei but said they were related to mobile devices. Qualcomm has other license applications pending with the U.S. government, she said.

In the past Huawei was a relatively small chip customer

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Why haven’t we seen Windows on Arm laptops with MediaTek chips?

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  • MediaTek has revealed that it’s looking at the Windows on Arm segment.
  • Qualcomm is the only chipmaker offering processors for the platform right now.

 

Apple announced its first Mac computers with Arm silicon yesterday, but the Cupertino company isn’t the first major computing platform to embrace Arm. In fact, we’ve seen Windows on Arm laptops being released for over two years now.

These Windows on Arm devices are largely powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets though, with rival chipmaker MediaTek being conspicuously absent in this space. Now, the Taiwanese firm has revealed that it is considering this segment.

“Windows on Arm is a developing new opportunity. We are studying this space on the back of MediaTek’s Chromebook success in COVID-19 times (sic),” a company representative told journalists during the firm’s executive summit.

Two hurdles in the way?

The firm also launched two new Chromebook chips in the MT8192 and MT8195, and

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