A visitor views exhibits during the 17th China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai, Sept. 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua A visitor views exhibits during the 17th China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai, Sept. 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
A visitor views exhibits during the 17th China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai, Sept. 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua

Explainer |
What semiconductors are and why China needs to make them itself

  • While TSMC is moving to 5nm production, SMIC’s most advanced process node is 14nm – which contains half as many transistors as the 7nm node
  • HiSilicon was important to Huawei because it enabled the company to design custom processors that were not off the shelf products available to its competitors

Topic |   Semiconductors
A visitor views exhibits during the 17th China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai, Sept. 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua A visitor views exhibits during the 17th China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai, Sept. 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
A visitor views exhibits during the 17th China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai, Sept. 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
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