Automakers around the world are shutting assembly lines because of a global shortage of semiconductors that in some cases has been exacerbated by the Trump administration’s actions against key Chinese chip factories, industry officials said.
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that all manufacturers (worldwide) that use American technology must obtain a license before producing chips for Huawei. The target of this new law is obviously TSMC. The Taiwanese chipmaker is the “brain” behind Huawei’s Kirin chips. However, TSMC uses American technology to make Kirin’s SoCs. This means that TSMC will need a license from the US before making Huawei’s chips. Of course, it will not get the license.HUAWEI GETS A WAY OUT – U.S. NEW LAWS WILL BE COMPLETELY INEFFECTIVE
Last month, a US official told Taiwanese diplomats in Washington that chips made by TSMC for Huawei were going straight into Chinese missiles pointing at Taiwan — a statement intended as a “metaphor” illustrating the risks of supplying China.
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