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Samsung's advanced chip debut risks delay after Japan crackdown

Questions loom over South Korean company's ambition to challenge TSMC

Any disruption in the supply of EUV photoresist chemicals could delay Samsung's plans to launch its 7-nanometer chips around the turn of the year. (Photo courtesy of Samsung)

TOKYO/TAIPEI -- Samsung Electronics' ambition to roll out its most advanced processor chip early next year is at risk of being delayed as a result of Japan's tighter export controls on semiconductor materials crucial to South Korean industry, sources familiar with the matter told the Nikkei Asian Review.

Three major suppliers of photoresist chemicals to Samsung's latest and most cutting-edge chipmaking project -- Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, Shin-Etsu Chemical and JSR -- told Nikkei they did not know whether their supplies could continue as normal following the introduction of the new controls on July 4.

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