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Qualcomm confirmed Saturday that it has received permission from the U.S. government to sell certain chips, including some 4G chips, to Huawei.

Why it matters: The U.S. sanctions against Huawei have hurt that company's mobile phone business especially hard, but they have also taken a toll on Huawei's U.S. suppliers, including chipmakers and software providers.

"We received a license for a number of products, which include some 4G products," Qualcomm said in a statement. The company declined to be more specific.

Context: The U.S. government has applied a range of sanctions on Huawei over the past 18 months, prohibiting most American companies from doing business with the Chinese telecom supplier without special permission.

  • The Trump administration has also pressured U.S. allies to ban Huawei gear from their 5G networks and taken additional actions designed to make it harder for Huawei to get the parts it needs to make both smartphones and network gear.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Jan 14, 2021 - Technology

Legacy chipmakers Intel and Qualcomm seek to seize back control

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Although most eyes were on the impeachment and other Washington goings-on, Wednesday was a big day for the chip industry, which produced a 10-figure deal and a major leadership shakeup.

The big picture: Legacy chip players Intel and Qualcomm have watched other companies eat into the business lines that got them where they are. They're now seeking to seize control of their own fates.

Dave Lawler, author of World
1 hour ago - World

Americans increasingly see China as an enemy

One in three Americans, and a majority of Republicans, now view China as an enemy of the United States, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center.

By the numbers: Just 9% of Americans consider China a "partner," while 55% see Beijing as a "competitor" and 34% as an "enemy."

Scoop: Leaked HHS docs spotlight Biden's child migrant dilemma

A group of undocumented immigrants walk toward a Customs and Border Patrol station after being apprehended. Photo: Sergio Flores/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Fresh internal documents from the Department of Health and Human Services show how quickly the number of child migrants crossing the border is overwhelming the administration's stretched resources.

Driving the news: In the week ending March 1, the Border Patrol referred to HHS custody an average of 321 children per day, according to documents obtained by Axios. That's up from a weekly average of 203 in late January and early February — and just 47 per day during the first week of January.