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
Date: Jun 06, 2019
By: Lisa Wang / Staff reporter, in HSINCHU
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s biggest contract
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]