SMIC violated US sanctions. Overseas authorities are convinced that the Chinese processor manufacturer – which uses American technology – has established business relations with Huawei without having requested special authorization from the US government. Semiconductor International Manufacturing Corp. has come under the spotlight in recent days as Huawei has entrusted it with the production of the Kirin 9000s processors adopted on the Mate 60 series smartphones (Mate 60, 60 Pro and 60 Pro Plus) and on the foldable Mate X5.
SMIC was included in the Entity List in 2020 by then-President Trump to ensure national security. With this ban SMIC is not allowed to have access to advanced technology in the United States.
The official Huawei website (deliberately?) makes no mention of the chip, the teardown conducted by Bloomberg News confirmed, however, that it is indeed the Kirin 9000s made with a 7nm production process and equipped with support for 5G networks. The House Foreign Affairs Committee believes that the Entity List is not being properly respected, and there are also those who want responsibility to pass from the Department of Commerce to the Pentagon, so that the hard line prevails.
Others believe that exports to Huawei and SMIC should be completely blocked. This is the thought of Republican Mike Gallagher, chairman of the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party:
“This chip probably could not be produced without U.S. technology and therefore SMIC may have violated the Foreign Direct Product Rule of the Department of Commerce. The time has come to end all U.S. technology exports to both Huawei and SMIC to make it clear that any company that breaks U.S. law and undermines our national security will be cut off from our technology.”