The appearance of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro smartphone based on the HiSilicon Kirin 9000S processor, which, as Canadian experts suggest, is made using 7nm technology, discouraged American officials, and an investigation launched by the US Department of Commerce has now found that China does not have the ability to mass produce such chips.
Announcement this week did US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at a meeting of the relevant committee of the US Parliament: “We have no evidence that they can produce 7nm chips in large quantities.”. The department launched an investigation this month to determine the “nature and composition” of the Chinese processor in question.
At the same time, the American official admitted to parliamentarians that the news of the appearance of an advanced smartphone from the Chinese company Huawei made her very upset. Gina Raimondo did not provide any information about the likelihood of tightening US sanctions against China, which would prevent certain companies from accessing critical technologies of American origin in the future, neither at the meeting of the parliamentary committee nor after its conclusion. There are many supporters among American lawmakers of a complete ban on issuing US export licenses to Huawei and its partners.
According to Gina Raimondo, rumors about the Chinese authorities’ intention to ban the use of the Apple iPhone by officials and employees of companies with state participation also caused her some concern. Chinese authorities have already announced that they will not impose bans in this area, but are concerned about the growing number of information security incidents related to Apple products.