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Huawei's involvement in Wi-Fi Alliance "temporarily restricted" (Updated)

By Cookie Monster - on 26 May 2019, 7:00am

Huawei's involvement in Wi-Fi Alliance "temporarily restricted" (Updated)

Huawei has been using its proprietary nano memory cards for its recent smartphones.

Updated on 29 May, 10.15 pm: Huawei is back on the membership list of the SD Association. A Huawei spokesperson confirmed the news to Android Authority.

Initially reported on 26 May, 7 am.

Huawei's membership in three global standards-setting organizations are affected. 

The Wi-Fi Alliance had "temporarily restricted" Huawei's involvement in its activites. The Wi-Fi Alliance is a worldwide network of companies that drive the interoperability, adoption and evolution of Wi-Fi globally. Members of the Wi-Fi Alliance include Apple, Qualcomm, Broadcom and Intel.

Huawei is removed from the member list of the SD Association. The SD Association is a global open industry standards organization that promotes SD standards acceptance in a variety of applications. In a statement to Nikkei Asian Review, the SD Association said it "is complying with U.S Department of Commerce orders". 

Independent semiconductor engineering trade organization and standardization body JEDEC told Nikkei Asian Review that Huawei had voluntarily decided to withdraw its membership. The member list includes  ARM, Cisco Systems, Google, Infinenon and Qualcomm. 

"On May 17, 2019, Huawei Technologies notified JEDEC that it had decided to voluntarily suspend its membership in JEDEC until the restrictions imposed by the U.S. government are removed," a JEDEC spokesperson told Nikkei.

With its memberships suspended or restricted in the three assocations, Huawei lost its influence and say in the debate on standards for future technology development.

"Huawei values its relationships with all partners and associations around the world and understands the difficult situation they are in," a company spokesperson said in a statement to Nikkei. "We are hopeful this situation will be resolved and are working to find the best solution."

The latest developments add more woes to Huawei's supply chain and mobile business. Google has suspended Huawei's Android license and removed its handsets from the Android website while Intel, Qualcomm and other U.S tech companies have cut their supplies to Huawei. ARM, which licenses its chip architecture designs to global chipmakers, also cut ties with the Chinese company and put the latter's future chip development at risk. 

Will the Bluetooh SIG take a similiar approach as Wi-Fi Alliance and SD Association? If it does, Huawei's future mobile devices will not come with Bluetooth connectivity and they cannot connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as smartwatches, wireless headsets and speakers. 

Source: Nikkei Asian Review, Android Authority

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