Apple stops using YMTC chips made in China

Apple stops using YMTC chips made in China

Apple has halted plans to use memory chips from China’s Yangtze Memory Technologies Co (YMTC) in its products.

US tech giant Apple has halted plans to use memory chips from China’s Yangtze Memory Technologies (YMTC) in its products after Washington imposed strict export restrictions against Chinese tech companies, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday.

Nikkei, citing people familiar with the matter, said Apple originally planned to start using state-funded YMTC NAND flash memory chips earlier this year. Initially, the chips were planned to be used only for iPhones sold in the Chinese market.

The newspaper said it is eventually considering buying up to 40% of the chips required for all iPhones from YMTC.

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Last week, the United States added YMTC, China’s largest memory chipmaker, and 30 other Chinese entities to a list of companies that US officials were unable to vet, heightening tensions with Beijing, where a put running for 60 days could lead to harsher penalties.

YMTC is also under investigation by the US Department of Commerce over whether it violated export controls in Washington by selling chips to blacklisted Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

The Biden administration’s extensive set of export controls on China is an attempt to curb Beijing’s technological and military progress by cutting off the country’s supply of some semiconductor chips made anywhere in the world with US equipment.

Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment, while Yemen Mobile Communications Company declined to comment.

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