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HiSilicon's rise as major chip supplier threatened by US sanctions

Huawei unit enjoys boost from parent's stockpiling ahead of trade measures

HiSilicon Technologies is the first China-based semiconductor supplier to make IC Insights' list of the global top 10.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- HiSilicon Technologies has cracked the global top 10 of semiconductor suppliers, but perhaps not for long as American trade sanctions continue to bite the Chinese technology sector.

HiSilicon's 49% year-on-year growth in semiconductor sales raised the wholly owned chip design unit of Huawei Technologies by six places to No. 10 in the first half of 2020, according to a research bulletin by U.S.-based IC Insights. The fabless company became the first Chinese player to make the list.

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