By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-18-20

Chinese chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), which reportedly supplies Qualcomm, Broadcom, and others, has been put on the Department of Commerce’s Entities List, meaning U.S. manufacturers are presumptively barred from selling to the company.

It joins other prominent Chinese tech giants, including Huawei and ZTE, on that list of companies non grata.

The Department of Commerce announced the move early Friday (Dec. 18) after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed it on Fox Business, according to Bloomberg.

According to Commerce, that decision “limits SMIC’s ability to acquire certain U.S. technology by requiring U.S. exporters to apply for a license to sell to the company. Items uniquely required to produce semiconductors at advanced technology nodes – 10 nanometers or below – will be subject to a presumption of denial to prevent such key enabling technology from supporting China’s military-civil fusion efforts.” » Read More