SMIC hopes to bolster China’s domestic chipmaking capabilities

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  • SMIC needs to develop 7nm foundry capabilities to help China-based companies fill the void left by TSMC and Samsung. 
  • But even with government support, SMIC faces a significant challenge in developing 7nm manufacturing capabilities. 

Richard Chang Rugin, the founder and former CEO of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), said in a forum this week that he was “optimistic” China could catch up to the US in developing advanced chipmaking capabilities, according to Reuters.

Chang hedged this outlook by warning that China should not underestimate the impacts of US efforts to curtail the development of its tech economy. He said that investment in R&D and raw material sourcing would be key factors in making China’s tech sector more competitive.

SMIC will play a foundational role in the development of China’s tech sector, since it’s attempting to match the foundry capabilities of Samsung and TSMC. Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)

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Is the US about to split the internet?

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a “clean” internet.

What he means by that is he wants to remove Chinese influence, and Chinese companies, from the internet in the US.

But critics believe this will bolster a worrying movement towards the breaking up of the global internet.

The so called “splinternet” is generally used when talking about China, and more recently Russia.

The idea is that there’s nothing inherent or pre-ordained about the internet being global.

For governments that want to control what people see on the internet, it makes sense to take ownership of it.

The Great Firewall of China is the best example of a nation putting up the internet equivalent of a wall around itself. You won’t find a Google search engine or Facebook in China.

What people didn’t expect was that the US might follow China’s lead.

Yet critics

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6 Essential Gadgets to Pull Off a Theater-Quality Outdoor Movie Night

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When the weather gets warmer, it’s natural to spend less time indoors. If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, you can gather friends and family together to watch a movie or TV show outside of the house. That may sound like lugging a bunch of heavy equipment around, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it’s possible to set up and break down an outdoor home theater system in roughly half an hour with a little prep work.

If you want a true home theater experience, one that you can use both inside and outside of your home, it’ll take longer, but we’ve collected the essential gear and accessories you’ll need for an outdoor movie night without much fuss. Our goal was to enable you to watch movies and TV shows in HD at home, in your backyard, or anywhere else. As long as you’ve got an internet

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