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Memory chip maker – SK Hynix denies Huawei supply after Mate 60 Pro teardown turmoil



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South Korean chip maker – SK Hynix has denied the news of supplying memory units to Huawei for its latest Huawei Mate 60 Pro smartphone. This reaction broke out after a teardown from TechInsights, revealed a SK Hynix memory chip inside the new Huawei flagship.

SK Hynix has published a statement on this matter, saying that it is unaware that its mobile chip was used in the Huawei Mate 60 Pro. The firm is also stressing an internal investigation.

“SK Hynix no longer does business with Huawei since the introduction of the U.S. restrictions against the company and with regard to the issue we started an investigation to find out more details,” an SK Hynix spokesperson told Bloomberg.

The teardown report from all of the sources indicates that over 90% of the components inside the device come from China and only the SK Hynix chip is a major component that is drawn from an overseas company.

“SK Hynix, after acknowledging the fact that the company’s memory chips were deployed in Huawei’s newest products. It reported immediately to the Bureau of Industry and Security under the U.S. Department of Commerce and initiated an investigation to figure out the issue.” added the company.

It’s reported that SK Hynix also stopped supply after a wide US crackdown on Huawei in 2020. At that time, Huawei accounted for about 10 percent of SK Hynix’s overall sales.

But now, the chip maker is clearly denying the fact that its chips are inside the new Huawei phone and affirming that it is aligned with US export regulations.

Currently, Huawei has not published any statement regarding this matter.

A week ago, Huawei unveiled the Mate 60 Pro smartphone. It’s the first device to come with breakthrough technologies including a satellite calling feature. However, the phone is making headlines for its domestically developed Kirin chipset.

It’s said that the new Kirin chip is manufactured by China’s SMIC and processed with advanced 7nm technology. This is raising eyebrows of the entire tech community as the company has been banned for three years by the US.

Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.