Momentum Builds in Washington to Protect and Re-Shore Semiconductor Supply Chains

Both the Biden Administration and the U.S. Congress are focused on reducing the national security risk from China-based semiconductor supply chains. On March 17th, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Facilitating American-Built Semiconductors Act (FABS Act), a piece of legislation designed to “drive long term investment into the United States for the design and manufacturing of semiconductor chips.” This is in response to the fact that, as the office of Congressman Mike Kelly notes, “As global competitiveness for semiconductor control has intensified, countries like Communist China have provided incentives to draw companies to manufacture semiconductors on their soil.” Days later, at a bipartisan Department of Commerce roundtable on March 21st, Secretary Gina Raimondo hosted Senator Todd Young,… Read More

Hiring! U.S. Semiconductor Toolmaker Seeks Engineer to Support Chinese “National Champion”

Three years after Lam Research opened a training center in China to provide customers with “technical guidance and training,” the American semiconductor manufacturing equipment (SME) maker is seeking an engineer dedicated to supporting Yangtze Memory Technologies Company (YMTC). YMTC, a Chinese “state champion” chipmaker, has emerged as a key player in the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) bid to dominate the memory market. The White House’s supply chain review report last year notes that YMTC has received an estimated $24 billion in government subsidies and represents a “potential low-cost threat to U.S.-based memory companies.” Last year James Mulvenon, Director of Intelligence Integration for SOS International, issued a report that details the PRC’s use of subsidies, espionage, and anticompetitive and illegal… Read More