Beijing Nowra Microelectronics Technology, China’s largest semiconductor equipment maker, this week asked its US engineers to stop working on research and development projects. The company is reported to have made the move in compliance with recent restrictions imposed by the US government on China’s tech sector. south china morning post.
Foreigners typically hold senior management and technical positions in Chinese companies and use their experience to build competitive businesses. Restricting US citizens, US residents, and green card holders from working for Chinese companies could devastate these companies. It remains to be seen how this decision will affect Nowra in the short term.
To accelerate the development of the country’s semiconductor industry, China recruits talent from companies in the United States, South Korea and Taiwan through numerous government-controlled investment funds and semiconductor companies. This has allowed us to build world-class companies such as Biren Technologies (a privately held company, as far as we know), SMIC and YMTC relatively quickly. Beijing Naura Microelectronics Technology Co. surpasses $2 billion in sales in the last 12 months semi-analytical), another example.
The latest package of U.S. sanctions against China’s semiconductor industry restricts the supply of certain high-end supercomputer chips or chip manufacturing equipment to Chinese companies without an export license from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). increase. It also prohibits US citizens from working in China’s semiconductor manufacturing sector.official rule The law on U.S. citizens working for Chinese semiconductor companies limits “the ability of U.S. persons to assist in the development or manufacture of ICs without a license at certain semiconductor manufacturing facilities located in China.”
Naura Microelectronics does not manufacture chips, but it does manufacture chip manufacturing equipment that is considered “supporting the production” of chips in China and falls under the new regulations.