Industry Analysts See China’s Legacy Chip Sector Booming – What Will the U.S. Government Do?

Last year’s export controls on China’s advanced chip sector have been effective in denying China tools for making the most advanced semiconductors. But there has also been a negative consequence: China has ramped up efforts to dominate the legacy chip market. CNBC recently featured several analysts commenting on China’s prowess in producing legacy chips (those at 16 nanometers or above, depending on your definition, which appear in everything from cars to household devices): “China is showing good progress in making chips based on mature technology,” said Charles Shi, a principal and senior semiconductor analyst at asset management firm Needham & Company. “I certainly think that big Chinese chip makers will be able to survive building legacy chips and there’s a… Read More