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Trade war

Server maker Super Micro to ditch 'made-in-China' parts on spy fears

Trade war also pushing global data center supply chain to new locations

U.S. server maker Super Micro Computer wants to avoid Chinese-made parts due to customer concerns about cyber espionage risks.
U.S. server maker Super Micro Computer wants to avoid Chinese-made parts due to customer concerns about cyber espionage risks.   © Reuters

TAOYUAN, Taiwan/TAIPEI -- Super Micro Computer, the California-based server maker at the heart of spy chip allegations last autumn, has told suppliers to move production out of China to address U.S. customers' concerns about cyber espionage risks, according to industry sources familiar with the matter.

Super Micro, the world's third-largest server maker by shipments after HP and Dell, has strongly denied allegations made last October that its Chinese made motherboards had been implanted with malignant chips to hack big tech customers such as Apple and Amazon. Independent testing showed no evidence of the claims made by Bloomberg Businessweek, the group has said.

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