The White House is seeking detailed information on Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone, which analysts have described as an important milestone for the Chinese tech group four years after US restrictions crippled its handset business.US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday that the US needed to get “more information” on the precise “character and composition” of a chip powering Huawei’s newly released Mate 60 Pro, in answer to a briefing question on whether US controls on exports of advanced semiconductor technology were being thwarted.
While Huawei has declined to reveal details of its suppliers for the Mate Pro, a dismantling of the phone by the consultancy TechInsights last week suggested it contained a 7-nanometre processor made by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. SMIC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
美国国家安全顾问杰克•沙利文(Jake Sullivan)周二在简报会上回答有关美国对先进半导体技术出口的管制是否受挫的问题时表示，美国需要获得有关华为新发布的Mate 60 Pro手机所用芯片确切“特性和组成”的“更多信息”。
The partially state-owned Chinese chipmaker became subject to export restrictions three years ago, when the US commerce department said there was an “unacceptable risk” of chip technology being diverted to it for “military end use”.
虽然华为拒绝透露其Mate 60 Pro手机供应商的细节，但咨询公司TechInsights上周对这款手机的拆解显示，它使用了由中芯国际(SMIC)制造的7纳米处理器。中芯国际没有立即回应置评请求。