Friday, March 1, 2024

Chinese Smartphone Firms are Collaborating to Boost the Local Chip Industry

For the last few years, the Chinese smartphone manufacturing industry has been booming. The semiconductor industry, however, is the weak link in the supply chain, and this weakness was revealed by the recent ban on Huawei and ZTE from accessing US technology.

As a result, several Chinese firms are working together to rectify the situation. As per information released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China, 90 indigenous companies have filed a joint application with their proposed secretariat at the China Electronics Standardization Institute for the establishment of the National Integrated Circuit Standardization Technical Committee.

Huawei, HiSilicon, Xiaomi, Datang Semiconductor, Unichip Microelectronics, Zhanrui Communication, ZTE Microelectronics, SMIC, Datang Mobile, China Mobile, China Unicom, ZTE, Tencent, and more are companies that have joined hands to enhance and grow the Chinese semiconductor industry.

The secretariat will organize weak industries and encourage integrated circuit standardization work, according to the paper. The study and formulation of the following criteria will focus on:

  • Improving evaluation standards for chipsets.
  • Track and improve new technologies.
  • Conduct research to improve performance, reliability, and information security specifications for semiconductors.
  • Perform parameter indexing and quality assurance programs.
  • Improve techniques for research.

MIIT has not disclosed how long it would take for the committee to approve the application and formulate it.

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