China to examine U.S. chipmaker Micron for cybersecurity risks

China’s cyberspace regulator will conduct a cybersecurity review of products sold in the country by U.S. memory chip manufacturer Micron Technology, Reuters news report said.
MicronThe move is aimed at protecting the security of the supply chain for critical information infrastructure, prevent hidden risks and safeguard national security, the Cyberspace Administration of China said in a brief news statement.

It gave no other details, including which Micron products it was reviewing.

Micron, one of the world’s largest memory chip makers, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

The United States has imposed a series of export controls on chipmaking technology to China for fear it could be used to produce chips for applications such as artificial intelligence which could be used by China’s military, and blacklisted a number of China’s largest chip firms, including Micron rival Yangtze Memory Technologies.

On Friday, Japan announced it would align its technology trade controls with a U.S. push to curb China’s ability to make advanced chips. The Netherlands, which makes advanced lithography equipment critical for the manufacture of advanced chips, made a similar announcement earlier this month.

Micron makes NAND memory chips that serve the data storage market as well as DRAM chips that are widely used in data centers, personal computers and other devices. Micron is the only major U.S. manufacturer of DRAM memory, and competes with South Korea’s SK Hynix and Samsung Electronics in the product category.

Micron has offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen, as well as a chip packaging facility in the city of Xian. In early 2022, the company announced it would shut its DRAM design operations in Shanghai.

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted Taiwan-based chip maker United Microelectronics (UMC) and China’s Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit, alleging the companies conspired to steal trade secrets from Micron. Fujian Jinhua denied the allegations. UMC pled guilty to the charges and paid a $60 million fine.

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