Che Pan

Beijing

Che Pan

Reporter, Technology

Che Pan joined the Post as a technology reporter in 2020, based in Beijing. Before this, he worked as a China economy reporter at Caixin Global, with a particular focus on the macro-economy, trade and real estate. He has a master degree in Financial Regulation and Risk Management.

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Tech war: China’s top memory chip maker carefully treads path to semiconductor self-sufficiency as US ponders trade sanctions

Yangtze Memory Technologies Co faces pressure amid reports that the US plans to ban sales of semiconductor-manufacturing gear to advanced memory chip makers in China.

Yangtze Memory Technologies Co faces pressure amid reports that the US plans to ban sales of semiconductor-manufacturing gear to advanced memory chip makers in China.

27 Sep 2022 - 4:02PM
Tech war: Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang confident in China market despite US AI chip ban

Jensen Huang says China continues to present a significant growth opportunity even after Washington restricted the Californian company from exporting two of its top chips to the country.

Jensen Huang says China continues to present a significant growth opportunity even after Washington restricted the Californian company from exporting two of its top chips to the country.

21 Sep 2022 - 11:21PM
China puts another semiconductor fund executive under probe, Caixin reports

Investigation of Ren follows similar probes of other chip fund executives for ‘severe violations of laws and disciplines’

Investigation of Ren follows similar probes of other chip fund executives for ‘severe violations of laws and disciplines’

17 Sep 2022 - 7:58AM
Tech war: China’s semiconductor trade group sees ‘hostile’ environment after US Chips Act but no quick remedies found

China’s semiconductor industry trade group held a webinar on Thursday to brainstorm possible responses to the US Chips and Science Act, but no quick remedies were found.

China’s semiconductor industry trade group held a webinar on Thursday to brainstorm possible responses to the US Chips and Science Act, but no quick remedies were found.

16 Sep 2022 - 6:00PM
Tech war: China chip veteran says Nvidia is hard to replace in artificial intelligence, urges start-ups to catch up

Nvidia supplies 95 per cent of general-purpose GPUs in AI training systems, said Lu Jianping of Shanghai-based chip rival Iluvatar Corex.

Nvidia supplies 95 per cent of general-purpose GPUs in AI training systems, said Lu Jianping of Shanghai-based chip rival Iluvatar Corex.

14 Sep 2022 - 11:59PM
Tech war: Dutch chip manufacturing tool maker ASML still aims to expand China workforce, despite tighter US export restrictions

The Dutch firm continues to acknowledge mainland China’s important position in the global semiconductor industry, despite rising tensions between Beijing and Washington.

The Dutch firm continues to acknowledge mainland China’s important position in the global semiconductor industry, despite rising tensions between Beijing and Washington.

13 Sep 2022 - 11:21PM
Tech war: Why the US Nvidia chip ban is a direct threat to Beijing’s artificial intelligence ambitions

US export restrictions on Nvidia data centre GPUs could hit China’s most powerful artificial intelligence systems, which rely on such chips.

US export restrictions on Nvidia data centre GPUs could hit China’s most powerful artificial intelligence systems, which rely on such chips.

13 Sep 2022 - 12:10AM
How this leading Taiwanese chip guru made an astonishing U-turn from avid mainland investor to China basher

Tsao’s shift from cherished visitor to persona non grata on the mainland comes at a time of rising geopolitical tensions over technology.

Tsao’s shift from cherished visitor to persona non grata on the mainland comes at a time of rising geopolitical tensions over technology.

6 Sep 2022 - 2:57PM
Tech war: US tightens export rules with ban on Nvidia, AMD selling advanced AI chips to China

US ban on Nvidia and AMD selling some advanced chips to China is set to crimp the ability of Chinese tech companies in areas such as facial recognition and data centres, say analysts.

US ban on Nvidia and AMD selling some advanced chips to China is set to crimp the ability of Chinese tech companies in areas such as facial recognition and data centres, say analysts.

1 Sep 2022 - 9:00PM
Tech war: China’s attacks on US Chips Act continue, although Beijing has few countermeasures, analysts say

State-backed trade groups have joined the chorus of Chinese state media and government voices in condemning the US Chips and Science Act for ‘semiconductor hegemony’ and ‘poisonous’ clauses.

State-backed trade groups have joined the chorus of Chinese state media and government voices in condemning the US Chips and Science Act for ‘semiconductor hegemony’ and ‘poisonous’ clauses.

31 Aug 2022 - 2:20PM
China’s top chip maker SMIC achieves 7-nm tech breakthrough on par with Intel, TSMC and Samsung, analysts say

SMIC took two years to achieve the leap from 14-nm to 7-nm, faster than TSMC and Samsung, TechInsights said.

SMIC took two years to achieve the leap from 14-nm to 7-nm, faster than TSMC and Samsung, TechInsights said.

30 Aug 2022 - 12:13AM
US-China tech war: Beijing forges ahead with all-in chip effort, brushing aside asset bubbles and graft probes

China’s quest for chip self-sufficiency, a goal promoted by president Xi Jinping, has seen setbacks – with asset bubbles and a graft probe – but its progress still ‘scares’ the US, experts say.

China’s quest for chip self-sufficiency, a goal promoted by president Xi Jinping, has seen setbacks – with asset bubbles and a graft probe – but its progress still ‘scares’ the US, experts say.

27 Aug 2022 - 10:00AM
Tech war: Beijing, local governments pressed to raise support for Chinese chip research and development amid US expansion

The call was made by Wei Shaojun, a senior official at the China Semiconductor Industry Association, who said current government support for the sector is insufficient.

The call was made by Wei Shaojun, a senior official at the China Semiconductor Industry Association, who said current government support for the sector is insufficient.

26 Aug 2022 - 9:00PM
Tech war: South Korean trade group calls for chip diversification from China as Seoul mulls joining US-led semiconductor alliance

The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for diversification of trading partners to minimise the country’s risk of over-dependence on China when it comes to chip exports.

The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for diversification of trading partners to minimise the country’s risk of over-dependence on China when it comes to chip exports.

22 Aug 2022 - 9:30PM
19 Aug 2022 - 7:34PM
Tech war: China’s chip veterans predict huge challenges as US ratchets up tech restrictions

The US Chips and Science Act creates insurmountable difficulties in China’s drive to manufacture advanced semiconductors domestically, one expert said.

The US Chips and Science Act creates insurmountable difficulties in China’s drive to manufacture advanced semiconductors domestically, one expert said.

19 Aug 2022 - 11:06AM
Tech war: China semiconductor group slams US Chips and Science Act as violation of fair trade, warns of supply chain chaos

The China Semiconductor Industry Association denounced the US Chips and Science Act for violating shared principles of fair, open and non-discriminatory practices in the sector.

The China Semiconductor Industry Association denounced the US Chips and Science Act for violating shared principles of fair, open and non-discriminatory practices in the sector.

17 Aug 2022 - 11:54PM
Tech war: new US export controls block China from achieving its semiconductor ambitions

The US tech export restrictions mark an escalation of Washington’s efforts to boost America’s hi-tech advantage over China.

The US tech export restrictions mark an escalation of Washington’s efforts to boost America’s hi-tech advantage over China.

15 Aug 2022 - 11:26PM
US-China tech war: Seoul walks fine line as Washington puts pressure on South Korean firms’ chip manufacturing on mainland

The Chips and Science Act enables Washington to dangle nearly US$53 billion in incentives to lure more semiconductor manufacturing to the United States.

The Chips and Science Act enables Washington to dangle nearly US$53 billion in incentives to lure more semiconductor manufacturing to the United States.

12 Aug 2022 - 8:22AM
China’s top chip maker SMIC beats earnings estimates despite threat of more US sanctions

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp reported better-than-expected earnings for the June quarter on Thursday.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp reported better-than-expected earnings for the June quarter on Thursday.

12 Aug 2022 - 12:24AM
Tech war: China condemns US Chips and Science act amid headwinds in semiconductor self-sufficiency

The new law reflects Washington’s “growing lack of self-confidence” in the face of China’s rise, said a Global Times editorial.

The new law reflects Washington’s “growing lack of self-confidence” in the face of China’s rise, said a Global Times editorial.

10 Aug 2022 - 6:46PM
SMIC contractor denies report it has dismissed software team after failures, as China’s chip self-sufficiency efforts stumble

FA Software said it is still designing a computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) system for SMIC’s new plant in Beijing.

FA Software said it is still designing a computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) system for SMIC’s new plant in Beijing.

12 Aug 2022 - 10:18AM
Samsung to invest US$3.3 billion, produce new chip parts in Vietnam amid China’s concerns over US-led semiconductor alliance

Samsung is preparing trial production of its flip-chip ball grid array in Vietnam, as China remains concerned over South Korea potentially joining a US-led semiconductor alliance.

Samsung is preparing trial production of its flip-chip ball grid array in Vietnam, as China remains concerned over South Korea potentially joining a US-led semiconductor alliance.

8 Aug 2022 - 8:30PM
China’s chip industry could miss out critical next-gen tech if US implements design software export ban

China’s drive for semiconductor self-sufficiency faces even greater hurdles if the US bans advanced electronic design automation software used for gate-all-around designs.

China’s drive for semiconductor self-sufficiency faces even greater hurdles if the US bans advanced electronic design automation software used for gate-all-around designs.

5 Aug 2022 - 9:30PM
Tech war: Pelosi meets TSMC chief in Taiwan as US ramps up chip pressure on China

Pelosi and TSMC chairman Mark Liu reportedly discussed the Chips and Science Act, which is widely as Washington’s plan to weaken China’s role in global semiconductor supply chains.

Pelosi and TSMC chairman Mark Liu reportedly discussed the Chips and Science Act, which is widely as Washington’s plan to weaken China’s role in global semiconductor supply chains.

4 Aug 2022 - 1:02AM
Tech war: Trade friction, strict Covid-19 controls hinder inflow of overseas chip design talent

A survey of semiconductor design engineers by Arm China and research firm ICWise has found that China has a serious talent shortage in the field even though more fresh graduates are joining the industry.

A survey of semiconductor design engineers by Arm China and research firm ICWise has found that China has a serious talent shortage in the field even though more fresh graduates are joining the industry.

2 Aug 2022 - 9:30PM
Tech war: China’s semiconductor ambitions face reality check amid reports US is set to widen ban on exports of equipment to country

US semiconductor equipment suppliers Lam Research and KLA Corp confirmed that the US has been pushing for stricter export regulations.

US semiconductor equipment suppliers Lam Research and KLA Corp confirmed that the US has been pushing for stricter export regulations.

2 Aug 2022 - 12:42AM
Tech war: US chips act casts shadow over Beijing’s semiconductor self-sufficiency drive

The US chips act that President Joe Biden will soon sign into law is casting a shadow over Beijing’s long-term plans for semiconductor self-sufficiency, according to analysts.

The US chips act that President Joe Biden will soon sign into law is casting a shadow over Beijing’s long-term plans for semiconductor self-sufficiency, according to analysts.

29 Jul 2022 - 9:00PM
South Korean chip maker SK Hynix reports record revenue despite ‘difficult’ business environment

Memory chip giant SK Hynix reported a 34 per cent year-on-year increase in second quarter revenue despite the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns in China, the war in Ukraine, and global inflation.

Memory chip giant SK Hynix reported a 34 per cent year-on-year increase in second quarter revenue despite the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns in China, the war in Ukraine, and global inflation.

27 Jul 2022 - 5:30PM
China’s top chip maker SMIC may have achieved tech breakthrough, experts say

SMIC’s advancing capability would put the company ahead of American and European peers, but it could also spur further US sanctions, analysts say

SMIC’s advancing capability would put the company ahead of American and European peers, but it could also spur further US sanctions, analysts say

27 Jul 2022 - 12:23AM