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China's semiconductor 'Big Fund' to focus on advanced chips

Chief seeks to prevent low-end products from causing supply glut

A researcher plants a semiconductor on an interface board at Tsinghua Unigroup's research center in Beijing.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- China will continue to invest in the development of high-end chips and will monitor the sector to ensure that only products of high quality are manufactured, said the head of the country's national semiconductor fund.

"We should definitely focus on developing high-end chips including core processing units, field-programmable gate-array [FPGA] chips and also memory chips," said Ding Wenwu, president of the China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund, also known as the "Big Fund," in a speech at the SEMICON China fair on Thursday. FPGA is a kind of advanced programmable chip.

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