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Cutting off Arm: China leads exodus from top chip architect

Chinese chipmakers adopt open-source solutions to attain self-sufficiency

Jeff Zhang, Alibaba Group's chief technology officer and president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, unveiled  in September the company's AI Chi, which is designed to enhance its cloud computing power. (Photo courtesy of Alibaba)

TOKYO -- China is stepping up its efforts to break its dependence on chips based on proprietary technology from SoftBank Group-owned processor designer Arm, employing open-source alternatives to bolster its self-sufficiency and resilience against U.S. trade war retaliation.

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding's Pingtouge Semiconductor is on the leading edge of the move away from Arm, which has become the global de facto global standard for processors in mobile devices.

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