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U.S. considers crackdown on memory chip makers in China

The United States is looking at limiting shipments of American chip-making equipment to memory chip makers in China, including Yangtze Memory Technologies, part of a bid to halt the second-biggest economy’s semiconductor sector advances and protect U.S. companies.

According to the sources familiar with the matter, the crackdown, if approved, would bar such shipments to factories in China that manufacture advanced NAND chips, which store data in devices such as smartphones and laptops.

Samsung has two big factories in China while SK Hynix is buying Intel’s NAND flash memory chips manufacturing business in China. The move also would seek to protect the only U.S. memory chip makers, Western Digital and Micron Technology, which together represent about a quarter of the NAND chips market.

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