China has cracked a microchip design method previously only mastered by the West, in a challenge that could undermine sanctions.
Patent filings reveal that Huawei has made advances in a crucial method of chip manufacture, raising the prospect that the company could eventually start making some of the smallest and most powerful microchips by itself.
Huawei has announced a China-only patent on EUV lithography. Which allows production of those 5 nm and 3nm thingies.
OK. We’d expect something between a few years and a decade or more between patent and machine actually working. Around and about you understand. EUV machines are already installed in “western” chip fabs and producing. China is therefore still some years to a decade or more behind.
Panic on nationalists.
At which point, something very basic about technology. Imagine that someone else out there is doin’ summat. Whatever. Sure, it’s nice if you know exactly how they’re doing it. If you can get the plans to replicate say. But that’s not, at all, the important thing. Rather, you now know that this thing is possible. You’re not thrashing around trying to explore the technological edge to see what is possible. You already know that – this makes reverse engineering it all very much simpler. Simply because you now know that the thing, the summat, is actually possible.
No one will ever have an unassailable lead in a specific piece of tech. Simply because the existence of it shows everyone else that it’s possible.