Move affects ‘most advanced’ semiconductor tech after concerns on use in weaponry
The Dutch government has said it will impose export restrictions on the “most advanced” semiconductor technology, giving the first public details of the deal that The Hague and Tokyo struck with the US in January to limit sales to China.
Liesje Schreinemacher, Netherlands’ trade minister, wrote to parliament on Wednesday outlining the new measures, which did not specify exactly which chipmaking machines were affected.
Companies will have to apply for licences to export this technology, her letter said. She emphasised that the “surgical” measures would only include very high-specification systems that can make the smallest, most powerful chips, including some of the deep (DUV) immersion lithography tools made by Dutch company ASML.