One of Intel's best hopes to quickly bring online semiconductor manufacturing capacity has seemingly bit the dust. Citing sources close to the situation, Bloomberg reports that the White House "strongly discouraged" an Intel-proposed plan to add manufacturing capacity. The issue? The factory is located in Chengdu, China. Despite the well-known ongoing shortages in the semiconductor industry, it seems there are some political lines that are not to be crossed.
The Biden Administration is reported to have shown a strong negative sentiment towards any sort of semiconductor investment within China's borders. The reasons for that would be many, and security concerns are certainly one of them.
However, there's also the matter of China's increasing investment in semiconductor technologies. The country famously included "semiconductor sufficiency" in its 14th five-year plan (2021-2026). Besides heavily investing in state-sponsored semiconductor electronics companies and increasing internal chip output to more than 1 billion a day, China has also been strongly pursuing intellectual property registrations - which do include patents related to semiconductor manufacturing.
China also controls most of the rare metal production in the entire planet: 55% of global rare earth mining output is China's, and 85% of all rare earth minerals have to go through the country in one way or another throughout their semiconductor manufacturing process. It's a delicate situation, let's say.
The ongoing trade war between the countries does nothing to reduce the tension here. And since at least part of Intel's investment in capacity expansion is being funded by the U.S. government itself, it's understandable that other "solutions" would better be located in the U.S. or Europe.
“Intel and the Biden administration share a goal to address the ongoing industrywide shortage of microchips, and we have explored a number of approaches with the U.S. government,” Intel said in a statement to Bloomberg. Bloomberg notes Intel said it currently has “no plans” to increase production in China after meeting with government officials, and that it will pursue “other solutions.”
That Intel even proposed a solution in China may be a testament to how advantageous it would be compared to other, less politically sensitive options. It's reported that the factory expansion would be complete by the end of 2022, and the investment would almost certainly see faster returns in China compared to any U.S. or Europe-based option. And remember: Intel went in with a plan.
It seems some additional relief for the stifled semiconductor industry may have been postponed just slightly longer, at least until Intel brings in a more appealing solution. Until then, shortages will likely continue to be a part of the marketplace.
Actually, in the long run this will be an advantage as we will end up with two aggressive entities, each trying to out-compete the other, for real. IFF the markets do ever converge, there will be a leveling of the playing field such as the world has never seen.
after the ARM china was stolen why would any company actually trust the place anymore until laws are in palce to punish those who steal entire companies????
Don't group China in with the entire Asian continent. They are as likely to steal from Korea or Japan as they are from the US.
Here, you can give PRC's 'great firewall' a run for its money:
"Our industry"? American industry?
Which industry is it? Red indian industry? Comanche industry? Apache?
It is quite a funny thing when a global thief desperately try to save itself when fate comes back to it.
Diplomat, CNBC, hrw(!!),hindustantimes, it reminds of of something
https://swprs.org/the-american-empire-and-its-media/Isnt it interesting the media are from countries that are former colonists which are now in desperate democratic dress up mode?
We all know what US is made of.
Shall we dig deeper?
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-shrink/202005/how-america-fell-toxic-individualismAs i told, US is not a country, it never was. It is a bankrupt entity with 360 million share holders.
HRW you say?
Anybody remember this? Little US, the little leader wannabe
https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/12/14/us-sanctions-international-criminal-courtIs there an ounce which is not stolen in US?
https://www.britannica.com/video/212505/Shrinking-Native-American-lands-in-the-United-States-indigenous-peoplesI guess not,but wait,it gets even better, because people of USA are concerned, very concerned about human rights, well, more about rights than human itself
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/11/nyt-military-covered-up-airstrike-syria-women-children.htmlwell, they were just self defending, in Syria.
wait a minute, they are not finished being concerned,
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/15/opinion/letters/afghanistan-drone.htmlPeople of USA are so concerned about others, they always like to keep a tab
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/articles/us-keeps-getting-caught-spying-alliesAlso, they also like to get paid for selling the security though
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/US-Plunders-Syria-by-Smuggling-Out-55-Vehicles-Laden-With-Oil-20210813-0015.htmlWhile back in their rented home
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/rapper-young-dolph-fatally-shot-tennessee-cookie-shop-81239817So what people of US not of A has gobbled up a little bit of territory in Native america and swallowed guam, Hawaii , mexican land, people of US are good for world. Because they are biggest source of cheap entertainment.
I don't know which one is worse, the illegitimately bred entity that is desperately trying to conceal how it came into being?
Or it's shareholding people trying to conceal how incompetent they are, by playing democratic dress up & pretending to fix government every time. Do they really think their freedom of speech, chosen,voted government is gonna save them from what's coming.
I have always wanted to meet the people who have been standing up for me for other side of the world, i have never met them. It is time. We were not here 2 centuries ago. But we are here now. I am very excited to meet the leader wannabes.
I love US government, my problem is with their people.After all, you are a democracy, by people, of people for people --- On people.
"Secret documents reveals China...."
There are 3 universal truth.
All paranormal activities always take place in US
All UFOs, & Aliens always land in US
All kinds of secret documents about China are revealed in US .
Talking about truth, how is the grabbing thing coming out?
By the way about the Peng Shuai, all hail Almighty China.
They seem to have great godly power of disappearing then re -appearing people at will.
Michael Hasting would be damned he wasn't Chinese