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Chip designer ARM says it has to suspend business with Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies, a report claims.

The BBC reported that an internal document instructed ARM employees to stop "all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei, following an American ban.

ARM, a British company, is owned by Softbank, a Japanese fund.

On 16 May, the US imposed a ban on Huawei and 68 of its affiliates, preventing the company from importing components from American companies without government approval. Some of the affiliates are in other countries like Canada, Japan, Brazil, the UK, Singapore and others.

Processor firm Intel told iTWire it had no comment at the moment about its position on the Huawei ban. The company was reported to have told its employees on Monday that it would not supply Huawei until further notice.

The internal ARM document said its designs contained technology which originated in the US, the BBC said.

On Monday, Google announced it was cutting off Huawei's access to future updates of Google's Android and Google Play Store.

Huawei uses Android in its smartphones. Some parts of Android, like the kernel, which is a modified version of Linux, are under open-source licences.

On Tuesday, the US Commerce Department eased some of the restrictions, allowing Huawei to maintain and update existing networks and handsets.

A Huawei spokesperson was quoted as saying: "We value our close relationships with our partners, but recognise the pressure some of them are under, as a result of politically motivated decisions.

"We are confident this regrettable situation can be resolved and our priority remains to continue to deliver world-class technology and products to our customers around the world."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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