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Japan Officially Restricts Sales of Chipmaking Equipment to China

The Japanese government on Friday formally released a list of 23 wafer fab tools subject to export controls. The decision is reportedly expected to make it more difficult for Japanese tech companies to export these items to China. NikkeiSpecifically, China’s foundry champion SMIC and NAND memory leader YMTC will not be able to procure the equipment needed to manufacture advanced chips.

Among the 23 items subject to Japan’s export controls are all immersion lithography equipment, etch equipment, tools used for chemical wafer polishing (and sometimes post-CMP cleaning), extreme ultraviolet (EUV ) includes a mask tester. Digi TimesThese devices are manufactured by 10 companies including Lasertec, Nikon, Screen Holdings and Tokyo Electron. The updated regulations were officially declared in May and are due to come into force in July, so it will take at least three months for Chinese companies to get the tools they need.

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