The Commerce Department is planning to set out rules this week to restrict the semiconductor technologies that could be sold to China. This is part of the U.S.’s new curbs on China’s access to its semiconductor technology, raising Washington’s efforts to stymie Beijing’s industrial ambitions for the $550 billion sector.
The new measures will include formalizing limits on the export of advanced semiconductor technology, banning the sale of logic and memory chip manufacturing tools to Chinese companies, and restricting access to supercomputing and AI chips.
According to one person, the recommendations will also formalize restrictions recently imposed on Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
These latest curbs could prevent tech giants like Alibaba and Tencent from receiving the parts they need to develop top data centers and supercomputers.
Members of Congress have long pressed the White House to tighten regulations on semiconductor equipment in China, focusing on businesses such as telecommunication giant Huawei.
The rules are part of a larger U.S. effort to monitor technology that could support China’s military. Last month, national security advisor Jake Sullivan said limits on technology exports could impose costs on enemies and hurt their capabilities on the battlefield.