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Huawei crackdown

Huawei loses access to vital chip design updates from Synopsys

Move by US company risks leaving Chinese group 'in the dark,' source says

A HiSilicon chip is displayed at a conference in the Chinese city of Fuzhou on March 21. The Huawei subsidiary is China's leading chip designer.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- The world's biggest supplier of chip design tools has stopped providing software updates to Huawei Technologies, a move industry observers say marks another setback to the Chinese company's global ambitions in semiconductors.

Synopsys, based in California, told employees to suspend the updates after the U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei to a list that restricts its access to American technology, two industry sources who are aware of the notice told Nikkei.

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