Sony, OmniVision Receive US Licenses to Export Sensors to Huawei: Report

Sony and OmniVision have obtained US licenses to resume shipping some image sensors to China’s Huawei, Nikkei Asia reported Thursday, citing several sources familiar with the matter.

US restrictions on Huawei, citing security concerns, have banned global sellers from selling chips, including image sensors that use US technology, without a special license since September 15.

However, some display and image sensor vendors are getting US licenses because these components have less to do with cybersecurity concerns, Nikkei Asia reportedquotes a manager in the chip industry.

According to the report, the license granted to Sony could only be limited to part of its products.

Sony declined to comment. Representatives from OmniVision, a subsidiary of Will Semiconductor of Shanghai, could not be reached for immediate comment.

The Samsung display unit has received licenses from the US authorities to continue supplying certain display panel products to Huawei, a source told Reuters.

Last month, Intel announced that it had obtained licenses from the US authorities to continue supplying certain products to Huawei.
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