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Intel predicts 10-year chip gap in China

  1. The Current Landscape of Semiconductor Manufacturing Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger recently stated at the 2024 World Economic Forum that China is approximately a decade behind in terms of semiconductor manufacturing capabilities compared to industry leaders. This gap, according to Gelsinger, is mainly due to export restrictions imposed by the United States and other countries, limiting China’s access to advanced technologies and equipment. Gelsinger mentioned that while the industry is moving towards manufacturing processes of less than 2 nanometers, with plans to reach 1.5 nanometers, China is still dealing with technologies in the 10 to 7 nanometers range.
  2. Implications and Strategies of China Given this significant disadvantage, Chinese companies face considerable challenges in keeping up with global innovations. Despite these obstacles, China continues its efforts to advance in the semiconductor industry, attempting to design more sophisticated chip manufacturing tools and exploring reverse engineering as a possible short-term solution. However, these strategies may not be sustainable in the long term. Gelsinger emphasizes that the highly interconnected nature of the semiconductor industry, which involves companies from several countries in the production of equipment and materials, contributes to the persistence of this technological gap.
  3. Perspectives and Future Projections As for the future, Gelsinger believes that this decade-long gap in chip manufacturing between China and industry leaders is likely to persist. Meanwhile, Intel continues its development of cutting-edge technologies, seeking to achieve and surpass 2-nanometer manufacturing processes. This focus on innovation underscores the constant competitiveness in the semiconductor industry and the crucial role of international policies and collaborations in shaping the global technological landscape.