A Microsoft and Dell-backed chip maker based in San Jose has pressed charges against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on grounds that the latter is conducting a long-term campaign to steal key technology, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The co-founder of CNEX Labs, Yiren “Ronnie” Huang, told the Texas federal court that Huawei’s Futurewei unit was actively trying to obtain his company’s solid-state drive (SSD) storage technology, which boosts the information-processing power of large data centres.
Spokespeople for Huawei have denied all allegations. Huawei had last year prosecuted CNEX on similar grounds of technology theft. The latest dispute is a counter-filing to the previous case.
Semiconductors and telecommunications have become a hot topic in the conversation of US-China relations, with the two countries fiercely competing for precedence in the increasingly vital technologies. Several Western countries, including the US and Australia, are cutting ties with companies such as Huawei due to distrust over suspected government-links.