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Taiwan became top chip manufacturer with US help. Can it stay there?

It was the first day after Lunar New Year in February 1974 when seven men gathered over breakfast at the Little Xin Xin Soy Milk stall in central Taipei and mapped out Taiwan’s foray into semiconductor manufacturing.In an anecdote that is now legendary, Pan Wen-yuan, a Chinese expatriate who was then a US-based research director at Radio Corporation of America (RCA), advised Sun Yun-suan, the minister for economic affairs, to develop integrated circuits. It would cost US$10 million and four… Source link

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China should continue using food imports as chip in US trade talks, says former leading agriculture negotiator

China should diversify its imports to secure the food supply for its 1.4 billion people, but should continue to use purchases of US farm products as a “countermeasure” in the trade negotiations, according to a former leading agriculture negotiator.Cheng Guoqiang, who was part of China’s agriculture negotiations team that led to the country joining the World Organisation in 2001, joins a chorus of voices who say that Beijing should never compromise on food security in trade talks with Washington… Source link

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Is China using Hong Kong protests to chip away at city’s economic freedoms?

Free enterprises, unfettered access to information and Western-style laws have helped build Hong Kong’s reputation as a major international financial centre, but China may now be willing to undermine those foundations of the city’s success as politics increasingly take precedence over economics, analysts say.That willingness, they said, reflected the importance to signal a clear political point of view, even at the expense of negative economic consequences that could result from a gradual… Source link

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Chinese chip maker Loongson Technology to invest US$2.1 billion in a new smart industry park in Zhejiang as China pushes for tech self-reliance

Chinese chip maker Loongson Technology plans to invest 15 billion yuan (US$2.1 billion) for a smart industry park in China aimed at attracting smart devices manufacturers and research and development enterprises, as the country pushes for self-reliance in advanced technologies amid increasing efforts by the US to contain China’s tech development.Located near the Yiwu international trade comprehensive reform pilot area in Jinhua city, Zhejiang province, the park will cover an area of over 5.3… Source link

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Global chip sales continue to decline as US-China trade war escalates

The Trump administration’s proposed new round of tariffs on US$300 billion of trade with China will encompass virtually all information technology products, including laptops, smartphones, solid state drives, video game consoles, printers, televisions and displays – which are all enabled by semiconductors. Photo: AP Source link

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Chinese researchers develop hybrid chip design that holds promise for ‘thinking machines’

A screenshot from the video of an autonomous bicycle – equipped with a camera, gyroscope, speedometer, driving and steering motors, and a Tianjic chip – put on a road test by Chinese researchers, led by Tsinghua University professor Shi Luping, to demonstrate so-called artificial general intelligence. Photo: Handout Source link

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Singapore chip makers become US-China trade war casualty as firms cut jobs

Caught in the middle a US-China trade war while trying to address political concerns over Chinese telecoms firm Huawei and slowing consumer demand, chip makers in Singapore have started slowing production and laying off hundreds of jobs.The slump in a sector that made up nearly a third of Singapore’s manufacturing output last year is reinforcing expectations that the export-driven economy could slide into recession in the coming months.Making microchips for everything from mobile phones to cars… Source link

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Here’s how American chip makers pressed Trump’s administration to ease US export controls for Huawei Technologies

President Donald Trump’s decision to allow US companies to continue selling to Huawei followed an extensive lobbying campaign by the US semiconductor industry that argued the ban could hurt America’s economic and national security.In multiple high-level meetings and a letter to the Commerce Department, the companies argued for targeted action against Huawei Technologies instead of the blanket ban the Trump administration imposed in May. That includes identifying specific technologies that the… Source link

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SoftBank seeks US clarification on Huawei’s trade ban as it aims to re-list chip design firm ARM

Masayoshi Son, the founder, chairman and chief executive of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp, says he wants to re-list ARM Holdings within five years, reintroducing stock markets to the British semiconductor design firm that his company bought for US$32 billion in 2016.Tokyo-based SoftBank has not yet decided where the public offering will be held, Son said at the G2 and Beyond Conference in Taipei on Saturday.At the same event, Son said ARM is complying with the US government’s… Source link

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Tesla’s Chinese challenger Xiaopeng rolls out 10,000th SUV as electric vehicles chip away at China’s car market

The 10,000th electric vehicle bearing the stylised X logo of Guangzhou Xiaopeng Motors Technology rolled off the production line in Zhengzhou city today, a major milestone for the start-up that began deliveries in December.The white Xpeng G3 that emerged from the finishing shop at Xiaopeng’s contract manufacturer Haima Automobile Group – code-named “David” – is an all-electric sports-utility vehicle slightly smaller than Tesla’s Model X midsize SUV, with a certified range of 365 kilometres on a… Source link

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