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Thu May 23, 2024, 11:11 AM May 23

The world's top chipmakers can flip a 'kill switch' should China invade Taiwan, Bloomberg reports [View all]

Source: Business Insider

May 23, 2024, 2:22 AM EDT

Two of the world's most important chip companies can flip a "kill switch" remotely on their most advanced chipmaking machines should China invade Taiwan, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The Netherlands's ASML — Europe's top tech company by market value — supplies advanced machines to chip-making companies. They include Taiwan's TSMC, which produces, by some estimates, 90% of the world's most advanced processor chips.

The news of a forced shutdown, or a "kill switch," on ASML's chip-making gear comes amid intensifying rivalry between Washington and Beijing and mounting concerns over a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own territory.

Taiwan is the world's epicenter for semiconductor chips, the ubiquitous parts that are used in products from data centers to smartphones. A war in the region would have major consequences for the global economy.

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/asml-tsmc-semiconductor-chip-equipment-kill-switch-china-invade-taiwan-2024-5

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I find this very disturbing. It means they can shut us all down too if they choose. ratchiweenie May 23 #1
As I read it, the kill switch would shut down the chip-manufacturing machines... Mister Ed May 23 #3
This. GB_RN May 23 #9
Not sure I understand the reason for making this public Raven123 May 23 #2
It sounds more like a deterrant thing BumRushDaShow May 23 #5
The so called Kill Switch could be the new form of warfare. Arne May 23 #4
Computer chips are ubiquitous, and are vital to a nation's survival. patphil May 23 #6
That's Why Both TSMC and Intel... GB_RN May 23 #10
TSMC also just opened a new plant in Japan with a second one in the works ToxMarz May 23 #11
Yes, a great start thanks to the Biden CHIPS act. patphil May 23 #12
It would take a few months to get it back online. amerikat May 23 #7
I would think longer Ref May 23 #14
We had a power outage where I worked. amerikat May 23 #16
I was thinking more like a full year jmowreader May 23 #20
China would imprison and torture whoever they need to get it working again IronLionZion May 23 #8
The CCP could kill you all in due time Submariner May 23 #13
Fellow bubblehead here, I don't really see this happening. Shipwack May 23 #15
We expect full sensor transparency of the seas by 2050. pecosbob May 23 #17
Coming from the diesel boat era Submariner May 23 #19
I was on a Knox-class frigate that chased you guys in the seventies. pecosbob May 24 #22
I was actually thinking about this last week jgmiller May 23 #18
Let the chips fall where they may? oasis May 23 #21
Hopefully China will not fuck around. XorXor May 24 #23
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