The United States may limit the supply of US-made chip manufacturing equipment to Chinese memory chip manufacturers, including Yangtze Memory Technologies. This will prevent the second-largest economy from developing its semiconductor sector and will protect American businesses.
Multiple people who are familiar with the issue provided this information immediately. They stated that if strict measures are taken, supply to China factories that make advanced NAND chips for smartphones and laptops will be stopped.
Sources anonymous also claimed that if the Biden administration takes this step, it could also affect South Korean memory chip manufacturers, Samsung Electronics, and SK Hynix. Samsung owns two factories in China and SK Hynix has purchased Intel’s NAND flash chips business in China.
This move also protects the U.S.’s only memory chip manufacturers, Western Digital and Micron Technology. Together, they represent around a quarter the NAND chip market.
Experts in export control say this attack will be the first US-led one against China’s production of memory chips. It is not intended for military purposes.
Sources described the issue being in an early stage of consideration.