“We have received a license for a number of products, including some 4G products,” said a Qualcomm spokesman.
In September, Qualcomm and all other US semiconductor manufacturers were forced to stop sales to Huawei following Washington’s trade restrictions.
The spokesman declined to say what 4G products Qualcomm could sell Huawei said, but said they were related to mobile devices.
Qualcomm has filed other license applications, awaiting a response from the US government.
In the past, Huawei was a relatively small customer for Qualcomm chips, which is the world’s largest supplier of mobile phone chips.
Huawei uses its own chips on its flagship phones, with Qualcomm chips being used for cheaper models.
Huawei’s ability to design its own chips was affected in September, when US trade restrictions blocked its access to cup design software and production equipment.
Analysts believe that stocks of chips bought by Huawei before the restrictions could run out early next year, which will affect its smartphone business.
Stacy Rasgon, an analyst at Bernstein, said Qualcomm’s license will have a limited impact, as it only covers 4G chips, while buyers are targeting 5G devices. It is unclear whether US officials will license Qualcomm for chips for 5G smartphones.
Representatives of Huawei and the US Department of Commerce, which grants the licenses, declined to comment.
Other US companies, such as Micron Technology, have stopped selling to Huawei and announced that they have applied for licenses. Intel, for its part, has announced that it has a license to sell products to Huawei.