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  • China blacklists Micron as a security risk

    San Jose, CA, USA - Apr 29, 2022: Exterior view of the north San Jose campus of Micron Technology, Inc., an American producer of computer memory and computer data storage, in California.

    Tempers flared in Washington and Boise, ID as the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued a notice banning America’s largest manufacturer of memory chips from key infrastructure projects in China, deeming them “serious network security risks”.

    A spokesman for US Department of Commerce told Reuters, “We firmly oppose restrictions that have no basis in fact.”

    The ban comes in the same week Micron announced a major new university partnership between the United States and Japan, involving 11 universities who will cooperate to grow the next generation workforce and advanced semiconductor-based research.

    Micron will be the first semiconductor company to introduce extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology to Japan at its Hiroshima fab, where it will play a critical role in the development of the 1-gamma node for next generation DRAM.

    At the G7 meeting last week, the UK government also joined forces with Japan by signing the “Hiroshima Accord” which cements the two countries agreement to co-operate on semiconductor technologies and cybersecurity.

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