US Commerce Secretary: Huawei’s Kirin 9000 chip is inferior to US processors

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US Commerce Secretary: Huawei’s Kirin 9000 chip is inferior to US processors

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Huawei’s Kirin 9000 system-on-chip (SoC) is less advanced than U.S. processors, proving that U.S. sanctions against Huawei are effective.

The Kirin 9000s processor in Huawei’s Mate 60 Pro has been criticized since its launch in August, despite US sanctions against China, according to Techspot. Due to US restrictions, SMIC uses its 7nm (N+2) technology to manufacture the chip, but it does not have access to cutting-edge extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography tools. It appears the U.S. Department of Commerce is investigating whether SMIC violated U.S. regulations when manufacturing the chip.

In a 60 Minutes interview, Raimondo highlighted the perceived technological lag of the controversial chip, saying: “The export controls work because this chip is not as good…It’s years behind this that we have here in the United States. this is not the case for China.

Raimondo: National security is a major concern

Raimondo stressed the need to prevent China and Russia from obtaining sophisticated U.S.-designed chips for their national security. Semiconductors, AI and drones are essential to national security, she said.

During the conversation on US-China trade, Raimondo emphasized the importance of national security in technology exchanges. Trade with China is important for jobs, but Raimondo stressed the need to prioritize national security in crucial sectors.

Raimondo proposed the CHIPS Act to revive indigenous semiconductor manufacturing. Recently, Samsung, TSMC and Intel received funding to expand their manufacturing plants in the United States under this law.

Huawei’s recent scandals, notably the MateBook X Pro’s Meteor Lake processors, have been discussed. Asked about her strategy, Raimondo stressed the need to hold large companies like Intel accountable, particularly regarding the enforcement of restrictions on semiconductor sales in China.

TechTimes previously reported that Huawei Technologies posted strong profits last year, despite U.S. government sanctions. The Chinese IT giant attributes its strong performance to its cloud and digital domains.

Huawei’s latest financial report in Shenzhen showed a net profit of 87 billion yuan ($12 billion). Sales and product improvements were behind the increase. Huawei’s sales increased nearly 10% to 704.2 billion yuan ($97.4 billion).

Also read: Chinese researchers use cost-effective Nvidia AI chip to improve hypersonic weapon

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo speaks during the 54th annual meeting of the Semafor 2024 Global Economic Summit in Washington, DC, April 17, 2024.

US report: China helps Russian army

A recently published US study found that China has helped Russia develop its military the most since the Soviet era, as reported by The Guardian. That support includes increased sales of machine tools and microelectronic products, which Moscow uses to make missiles, tanks, planes and other weapons for the conflict in Ukraine.

US officials anticipate that the revelation of this information will force European partners to challenge China over its role. The move coincides with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Beijing and the G7 foreign ministers’ conference in Italy next week.

China is helping Russia with drone production, space capabilities and the export of ballistic missile machine tools, according to a US study.

A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said China had helped revive Russia’s defense industrial base, which has suffered since the invasion of Ukraine. He was quoted in the report as saying: “Russia is undertaking its most ambitious defense expansion since the Soviet era and on a faster timeline than we thought possible at the start of this conflict. »

The official stressed the need to convince China to stop supporting Russia in rebuilding its military-industrial base. The person said Russia would struggle to fight without China’s support.

According to US sources, China imported almost 70% of Russian machine tools in the fourth quarter of 2023, worth $900 million, likely for the manufacture of ballistic missiles. Last year, China supplied Russia with 90% of the microelectronics needed to make missiles, tanks and planes.

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