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China's ZTE boosts chip capabilities amid Huawei's crackdown woes

Telecom gear and smartphone maker works with TSMC on advanced processors

ZTE said in its annual report that it gained market share in China last year for servers, core networks and storage solutions -- the three areas where Huawei is a key player. (Source photos by Reuters) 

TAIPEI -- China's No. 2 telecommunications equipment maker ZTE has been quietly boosting its chip design capabilities as a U.S. crackdown continues to hobble its bigger domestic rival, Huawei Technologies, Nikkei Asia has learned.

ZTE has been developing its own base station processors and tapping Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s advanced technologies for chip manufacturing and packaging, sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia.

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