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Top China Memory Chipmaker Still Can’t Wean Itself Off U.S.

  • U.S., Japanese firms make up 80% of Yangtze Memory’s suppliers
  • Washington has been cracking down on Chinese tech firms
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China’s top flash memory chipmaker sees no easy way to replace U.S. chipmaking gear, underscoring how a further crackdown on the supply of American technology will devastate the local semiconductor industry.

Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. gets over 80% of its equipment from the U.S. and Japan now, said Zheng Jiuli, vice president in charge of supply chain management. While some Chinese suppliers have made breakthroughs in areas including etching, cleaning and coating, there aren’t enough local alternatives to replace everything, he added.