A view of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp’s headquarters in Shanghai on December 19, 2020. Photo: Bloomberg
A view of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp’s headquarters in Shanghai on December 19, 2020. Photo: Bloomberg

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China’s chip champion: can SMIC lead Beijing’s quest for semiconductor self-sufficiency?

  • Many of SMIC’s engineers, as well as key senior managers, were recruited from Taiwan, with TSMC being a primary target for talent
  • SMIC’s lack of access to EUV technology will mean it cannot produce more advanced chips, hindering its attempts to catch up to TSMC

A view of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp’s headquarters in Shanghai on December 19, 2020. Photo: Bloomberg
A view of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp’s headquarters in Shanghai on December 19, 2020. Photo: Bloomberg
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