China struggling with semiconductor self-sufficiency

China struggling with semiconductor self-sufficiency

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China is encountering difficulties in its quest to become self-sufficient in the production of semiconductors, according to a new survey.

In a survey carried out by Nikkei Asia at Semicon China 2021 in Shanghai in March, seven Chinese semiconductor manufacturing equipment makers said that most of their orders have been for machines that make 14 to 28 nanometer chips, while a few said they were making machines for even older generations of semiconductors. For comparison, leading-edge manufacturers like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Samsung currently offer 5 nm chips.

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