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Chinese Semiconductor Company Indicates Major Breakthrough, Despite Sanctions

ChangXin Memory Technologies (CXMT), a Chinese based semiconductor company founded in 2016, made an announcement on Dec. 13 at the 69th annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco this week that indicates it may be nearing parity with the top Western chip manufacturers. In a technical paper presented at the conference, representatives of CXMT indicated that it has solved the technical problem to begin producing 3-nanometer grade chips.

While the news is not of an actual product, nor has the company demonstrated its capacity physically yet, it is being viewed as a technological breakthrough which shows China’s rapid progress despite the imposition of U.S. sanctions.

“This breaks U.S. sanctions” wrote Dylan Patel, a tech analyst, on X. Frederick Chen, a memory chip expert at Winbond Electronics, a Taiwan-based company, called the revelations “impressive.” “It’s significant because Samsung Electronics is trying to do the same,” said Chen according to South China Morning Post.

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