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South Korea chipmakers grapple with U.S. deadline for supply chain data

Samsung and SK Hynix fear risk to client info as they prepare response by Nov. 8

U.S. President Joe Biden holds a chip before signing an executive order addressing the semiconductor crunch. The order includes a request for chipmakers to disclose supply chain information.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean chipmakers Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix have only a week left to decide how they will respond to the U.S. request for information on their supply chains.

The U.S. Department of Commerce asked multinational semiconductor companies on Sept. 24 to disclose data in 14 areas so that it can identify bottlenecks in the global supply chain, amid a severe shortage of chips and other components. Businesses have until Nov. 8 to comply.

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