TSMC says Huawei has reduced orders

TIGHT SPOT: The contract chipmaker said it would continue shipments to the Chinese smartphone vendor as long as they are in compliance with international trade rules

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 06, 2019
By: Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter, in HSINCHU

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s biggest contract

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co chairman Mark Liu speaks at a news conference after the company’s annual general meeting in Hsinchu yesterday.
Photo: Ashley Pon/Bloomberg

chipmaker, yesterday warned that Huawei Technologies Co (華為) has cut orders, likely because of flagging demand for premium smartphones and higher inventory.

Washington’s trade sanctions on Huawei “will affect [TSMC] in the short term,” TSMC chairman Mark Liu (劉德音) told a news conference after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

“The question is whether the market will accept a smartphone without Android,” he added.

Google has barred the Chinese technology giant’s access to updates of the Android operating system to comply with the US government’s trade regulations.    [FULL  STORY]

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