The usual agenda of trumpeting China’s chip innovation at a major industry confab was coloured by fears the industry might be next to suffer trade sanctions from the Trump administration.
Ramped-up US restrictions on Huawei are likely to cut off the Chinese smartphone maker’s access to even off-the-shelf chips and disrupt the global tech supply chain once again, executives and experts cautioned.
TSMC hopes to keep supplying Huawei Technologies but is confident its other customers can replace any business lost because of tightening US curbs on China’s largest tech company.
The Trump administration has fired multiple salvos against Huawei since the start of a campaign to derail China’s technological ascendancy. The latest blow threatens to cripple the country’s tech champion.
The latest US government action against Huawei takes direct aim the company’s HiSilicon chip division – a business that in a few short years has become central to China’s ambitions in semiconductor technology.
Restrictions introduced by Washington on Friday that ostensibly aim to allay US cybersecurity concerns are really designed to safeguard American dominance of global tech, a Huawei executive said on Monday.
China said new US export restrictions targeting companies including Huawei Technologies may threaten the global supply chain.