Intel said it has obtained a license from the U.S. government to trade with Huawei, China Securities Journal verified on Monday.

The semiconductor supplier told a supply chain company that it has sought approval from the U.S. to supply Huawei, so that the supply chain company can continue its Huawei notebook project, a source from the company told the new media.

Huawei has declined to comment on this matter by press time.

Chipmakers such as Macronix, Micron and SK Hynix have recently joined Qualcomm, Samsung, and the SMIC in seeking approval from the U.S. to sell electronic components to Huawei.

The U.S. Department of Commerce tightened its export controls last week, dictating that firms cannot supply the Chinese tech giant with electronic components using U.S. technology. 

The new ban threatens to cut off supplies of key components to Huawei's smartphones and other products – from semiconductors to displays, to camera lenses, and the vital printed circuit boards.

Before the chip ban, Huawei overtook Samsung to become the world's No. 1 smartphone seller with over 200 million units in 2019.