The NewYorkTimes.com reported that “Experts are still assessing how China apparently leapfrogged ahead in its effort to manufacture a semiconductor whose circuits are of such tiny dimensions — about 10,000 times thinner than a human hair — that they rival those made in Taiwan, which supplies both China and the West.” The July 28, 2022 article entitled “China Has Leapfrogged the U.S. in Key Technologies. Can a New Law Help?” included these comments:
The Biden administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep the highly specialized equipment to make those chips out of Chinese hands, because progress in chip manufacturing is now scrutinized as a way to define national power — much the same way nuclear tests or precision-guided missiles were during a previous cold war.
No one yet knows whether China can exploit the breakthrough on a large scale; that may take years.
But one lesson seemed clear: While Congress debated and amended and argued over whether and how to support American chip makers and a broad range of research in other technologies — from advanced batteries to robotics and quantum computing — China was surging ahead, betting it would take Washington years to get its act together.
It is time for the US to take leadership in the CHIP world!