At least one major semiconductor industry CEO thinks trying to put the clamps on copying of Western components is a waste of time.
One of the biggest electronics supply chain challenges today is the counterfeiting and copying of Western components for sale into the huge China market. There has been a lot of talk and some effort to clamp down on it, but in the eyes of one major semiconductor CEO, it's a waste of time.
Industry associations and the US government "can lobby all they like, but China doesn't care," Steve Sanghi, Microchip Technology's CEO, told me during the recent Design West event. "They know basically the US government officials will cave, because they've got a bigger agenda and need China's support in Korea or the UN. There are larger political issues. It's politics, and industry suffers."
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