In a respite for Huawei, Samsung Display has received the necessary approval from the U.S. government to supply the Chinese company with smartphone OLED panels. Samsung Display had applied for a license to the U.S. Commerce Department to supply display panels to Huawei after the latter banned any company using U.S. technology from supplying components to it.
Samsung is the first South Korean company to receive approval from the U.S. Commerce Department to supply any kind of components to Huawei. LG Display, SK Hynix, and Samsung Electronics have also applied for licenses to supply components to Huawei but that has not been approved yet.
The report from Yonhap citing industry insiders claims that the U.S. government might have given Samsung Display the license since display panel are relatively less sensitive products compared to semiconductors. Huawei can already secure OLED panels from Chinese display maker BOE. Huawei is not expected to increase its procurement of display panels from Samsung until it can secure a steady stream of other key components for its future smartphones.
Apart from Samsung Display, Intel and AMD have also received the necessary license from the U.S. government to supply their processors to Huawei.