Friday, June 29, 2018

Corporate Espionage Heats Up as “Made in China 2025” Nears

Corporate espionage is an extremely serious charge in the American technology market. There have been several prominent occasions in which AMD and Intel or AMD and Nvidia have cooperated when an employee was suspected to have engaged in IP theft, precisely because the consequences of bringing a product to market that’s tainted by another company’s IP rights could be so catastrophic.

But in China, there’s a very different system in place — and the way this has played out could be driving China’s investigation of Micron and Samsung’s DRAM pricing.

Here’s what we know. Micron alleges that the United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), a Taiwanese foundry, cooperated with Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Company to steal Micron secrets.

Jinhua may have been attempting to steal secrets from Micron in a manner similar to that used by the Yangtze Memory Technology Company, or YMTC, which is now building chips that the New York Times reports look suspiciously like Samsung devices.

The Chinese companies are collectively under tremendous pressure to deliver on an initiative China calls “Made in China 2025.”

Made in China 2025 is a comprehensive Chinese effort to increase domestic production of core materials by up to 40 percent by 2020 and 70 percent in 2025.

The impact this would have on existing semiconductor manufacturing can only be described as seismic. more

Important... Made in China 2025 should be a red flag to ALL businesses in the U.S. 
Make sure you understand the impact of this initiative. Make sure you get a competent Technical Information Security Consultant on your team, soon. There won't be enough to go around once the penny drops.