US bans exports to Chinese DRAM maker citing national security risk

The Trump administration on Monday announced it was banning US exports to a Chinese semiconductor firm named Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Company, Ltd., citing national security concerns.

In a statement released by the US Department of Commerce (DoC), officials said the Chinese chipmaker posed “a significant risk of being or becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

DoC officials are now barring US companies from selling any products to Fujian Jinhua, which was recently nearing completion of a new dynamic random access memory (DRAM) factory project.

US hardware maker Micron Technology has repeatedly accused Fujian Jinhua, and its Taiwanese partner United Microelectronics Corp (UMC), of stealing its chips designs. The three companies are currently duking it out in US and Chinese courts.

Now, the Trump administration is taking action “in light of the likely U.S.-origin technology” that “threatens the long term economic viability of U.S. suppliers of these essential components of U.S. military systems.”

“When a foreign company engages in activity contrary to our national security interests, we will take strong action to protect our national security. Placing Jinhua on the Entity List will limit its ability to threaten the supply chain for essential components in our military systems,” said Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce. ..Read More..

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