Apple has frozen plans to use chips from one of China’s largest memory chip makers after tough US export controls were imposed on the Chinese tech sector, according to reports. Nikki Asia.


According to the report, Apple intends to purchase 128-layer 3D NAND flash memory chips from Yangtze Memory Technologies (YMTC) for use in iPhones sold in the Chinese market early this year, with the potential to eventually buy up to 40% One of the chips needed for all iPhones.

Apple had already completed the months-long process to certify the memory before Washington earlier this month added the YMTC and 30 other Chinese entities to its “unverified” list of companies that US officials were unable to vet. US companies are prohibited from sharing any design, technology, documents, or specifications of companies on an unverified list without a license.

Tighter controls have heightened tensions with Beijing, as companies that cannot provide necessary information within 60 days can be added to the official US export control blacklist. YMTC is also being investigated by the US Department of Commerce over whether it violated Washington’s export controls by selling chips to Huawei, which is already blacklisted.

The export controls imposed on China by the Biden administration are an attempt to slow the country’s technological and military progress by cutting off Beijing’s supply of some semiconductor chips made anywhere in the world with American equipment. Apple and YMTC did not respond to NikkiComment requests.

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