Synopsis suspected, supplying the disgraced companies Huawei, SMIC and others?

It is well known how Huawei and its HiSilicon got the US restrictions on their knees, which cut them off from the possibility of using the modern technology of the Taiwanese company TSMC, because of course it also uses the technology of American companies. Another example is the largest Chinese chip manufacturer, SMIC, which has already reached the 7nm process, but has to forget about it.

However, Synopsis, which also manufactures the necessary EDA (electronic design automation), ie the tools needed for chip development, is banned from trading with Chinese companies on a black list according to Bloombergu she didn’t have to pay attention. Technically, therefore, it is not a ban on trading, but rather the need to obtain a license, but with the assumption that it will not be granted. In this case, it is supposed to be HiSilicon producing chips for Huawei and then SMIC.

Stronger restrictions are aimed at Huawei, which the US government has identified as threatening national security in the United States, banning the supply of any US chip-making technology to Huawei itself and its affiliates. That is why HiSilicon cannot use the modern processes of TSMC.

In the case of SMIC, these are restrictions against the supply of technologies for 10nm and more advanced processes, so for example, no license is required for a 14nm process, unless the chips are manufactured for Huawei.

Synopsis, of course, denies that it violates anything, but it is now under the scrutiny of the Bureau if Industry and Security under the Ministry of Commerce, so there is at least a suspicion. The Synopsis also states that it fully cooperates with the Office and, in its own words and knowledge, fully complied with the requirements and regulations.

The information about the unauthorized cooperation with SMIC and Huawei does not come from official sources, but from the sources of the Bloomberg server, and we will see what turns out to be, if anything at all.


Source: Svět hardware by www.svethardware.cz.

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