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US Launches Probes Into Made-in-China Chip Amid Mate 60 Pro Launch

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Image credit : GadgetMatch Despite strict sanctions on chip supply by the US, Huawei has come with a major breakthrough after launching Mate 60 Pro which is reported to integrate a 7nm chip. Perturbed by this development, the US Commerce Department now envisions launching a full-scale probe into how the Chinese tech giant got access to this elusive technology.  Furious over this development, the White House has expressed its willingness in fleshing out detailed information regarding Huawei’s latest flagship device. This development is considered a major breather for Huawei which has made an impressive comeback after sustaining four years of US restrictions that severely hit its handset business. [caption id="attachment_192971" align="aligncenter" width="810"]Huawei Mate 60 Pro Image credit : NextPit[/caption] US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a briefing that the US needs more info on “character and composition” of the chip powering Huawei’s recently released Mate 60 Pro. “Let’s be clear: export controls are just one tool in the U.S. government’s toolbox to address the national security threats presented by the PRC. The restrictions in place since 2019 have knocked Huawei down and forced it to reinvent itself — at a substantial cost to the PRC government.”

“There’s a number of different methods to try to sort of come to an understanding of what exactly it is that we’re dealing with here,” Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday. “I can’t give you an exact number of days but this is not going to be months down the road. We’re going to want to look at this carefully, consult with our partners, get a clearer sense of what we’re looking at, and then we’ll make decisions accordingly. “

The above comment came in response to a question regarding the efficacy of US sanctions on this much-hyped advanced chipset.  While Huawei has refrained from revealing the details of its suppliers for the Mate 60 Pro, a recent dismantling of the flagship phone conducted by the consulting company TechInsights claimed that it housed a 7-nanometer processor manufactured by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC). SMIC has not yet issued any statement in this regard.  Also read : China Prohibits Central Government Officials from Using iPhones: What's the Impact on Apple? It’s crucial to note that SMIC, a semi government Chinese chip manufacturer, went under export restrictions three years ago owing to concerns expressed by the US Commerce Department regarding the “unacceptable risk” of chip technology being diverted for “military purpose.”

By Awanish Kumar

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