Weaponized Interdependence

The Nikkei Asian Review on how the US-China tech war is driving open source chip design

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“Because RISC-V is open source — meaning anyone in the world can access it freely — Chinese companies increasingly see it as a potential alternative to global chip leaders Intel and Arm Technologies for powering their devices. This is particularly important as Washington steps up its restrictions on exports of U.S. technology to China. In May the U.S. Commerce Department placed Huawei Technologies on its so-called Entity List, which bars American companies from transferring technology to it without a special license. Five more Chinese companies were recently added to the list. These restrictions, however, do not apply to open source technology, according to Kevin Wolf, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of commerce and partner at law company Akin Gump.”

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