Although Huawei has a self-developed Kirin processor, it is still based on ARM in terms of architecture and instruction set. So when ARM cut off all contacts with Huawei, many people are worried about the future of Huawei Kirin, and they suspect that they have acquired ARM. Japanese Softbank has a small movement behind it.
but,Sun Zhengyi, founder of Softbank Group, stated for the first time in his public speech that there was a misunderstanding about ARM's suspension of authorization to Huawei. He also read the newspaper and knew that the individual never intervened in the actual operation of ARM. “I did not order ( ARM) Stop supplying to China”.
Sun Zhengyi explained that according to US law, if a company's production materials are more than 25% from the United States, once the United States has ordered the suspension of cooperation with other companies, it must comply, but the so-called means of production does not have clear and strict standards. So ARM is also doing research.
Sun Zhengyi said: "To do business to respect customers, ARM must respect the United States and Huawei … … there are many misunderstandings, especially media reports. ”
At the end of May this year, foreign media reported that ARM, the processor IP provider, had terminated its business relationship with Huawei and its subsidiary, Hess, and almost completely severed its relationship with Huawei, and ordered employees not to go to Huawei or the sea. Think or any other related entity"provide support, supply technology (software code or other updates), participate in technical discussions or other technical contacts".
Subsequently, ARM said that it attaches importance to the relationship with its long-term partner, Hess, and hopes to solve the problem quickly. Huawei also said that it is believed that this regrettable situation can be resolved.
Hermann Hauser, the founder of ARM, also said in an interview that the short-term supply will cause considerable harm to Huawei in the short term, but in the long run, blocking Huawei will eventually cause serious harm to ARM, Google and even the US industry.
In 2016, Softbank acquired ARM at a high price of 24.3 billion pounds.