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China tech champions Luxshare, Goertek move into chip assembly

Shift adds to Apple leverage with suppliers, advances Beijing's policy goal

Luxshare is building chip systems-in-package (SiP) for Apple's AirPod earbuds. (Source photo by Reuters and Manami Yamada)

TAIPEI -- Two of Apple's most important Chinese product assemblers are venturing into chip packaging for the iPhone maker, as Beijing continues to set its sights on creating a fully-fledged domestic semiconductor industry.

Luxshare is building chip systems-in-package (SiP) for Apple's AirPod earbuds after it won a substantial number of orders at the expense of Taiwanese and U.S. rivals, sources briefed on the matter told Nikkei Asia.

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