The US Department of Commerce has launched an investigation into

The US Department of Commerce has launched an investigation into the origin of the 7nm processor in the Huawei Mate 60 Pro smartphone

The calls made the night before by American parliamentarians to understand the origin of the HiSilicon Kirin 9000S, an advanced processor by Chinese standards, have achieved their goal. The US Department of Commerce, which is generally responsible for export restrictions, has launched an investigation into the origin of the “alleged 7nm processor”.

    Image source: Huawei Technologies

Image source: Huawei Technologies

As has already been stated several times, officially none of the Chinese chip manufacturers have access to devices that enable the direct production of components in the 7 nm lithography standard. The first reports of the origin of the Chinese processor HiSilicon Kirin 9000S as part of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro smartphone suggest that by using additional devices in combination with devices for deep ultraviolet lithography (DUV), SMIC managed to achieve the Shipments of sanctions imposed on China by the United States, Japan and the Netherlands have not yet been distributed.

According to the US Department of Commerce Bloomberg, launched an official investigation to determine the origin and structure of said processor. Export controls are just one of the tools in the US government’s arsenal to neutralize national security threats emanating from China, officials added. Restrictions that came into effect in 2019 “shot down Huawei was crushed and had to reinvent itself at the expense of the Chinese government.”.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Thursday “There are different ways of understanding what exactly we are dealing with”. The official refused to predict how long the investigation in this area would take, but promised it would not drag on for many months. Consultations are held with US partners, the origin of the processor is defined more clearly and corresponding decisions are then made.

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