Huawei may be looking to its European partners as the US tightens its grip on suppliers. The is working with French-Italian STMicroelectronics to design mobile and automotive chips, according to Nikkei.
The move comes as US officials consider restrictions that'dto apply for licenses if they use American equipment to build chips for Huawei. STMicro was already a major client of Huawei, as a supplier of sensor chips, but the expanded partnership hints at the Chinese phone maker's autonomous driving ambitions, the Japanese financial newspaper noted.
The US has phones and networking equipment, maintains a tight relationship with the Chinese government, creating fear that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. The Commerce Department blacklisted Huawei following a from President Donald Trump that effectively banned the company from US communications networks.that Huawei, a maker of
Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.