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The US tightens export controls on advanced chips and engine technology that is crucial to national security


By TechThop Team

Posted on: 13 Aug, 2022

In addition to new export controls, the new technology allows chips and engines to operate more efficiently, longer, and under more extreme conditions.

Earlier this week, the US adopted new export controls on technologies that support the production of advanced semiconductors and gas turbine engines.

It's secure. In addition to gallium oxide and diamond, the move covers 'emerging and foundational technologies' because 'devices that use these materials have significantly increased military potential.'

According to Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Alan Estevez, advancements in technology can make semiconductors and engines run faster, more efficiently, longer, and under harsher conditions, making them a game changer both in the commercial and military spheres.

'As long as we recognize the risks as well as the benefits, and work together with our international partners, our common security objectives can be met.'

A consensus was reached on controlling the four technologies by 42 participating countries at meetings in December 2021.

More equipment, software, and technology used to produce semiconductors are covered by US export controls than by the international agreement.

As a result of their use, gallium oxide and diamond are able to function under more severe conditions, including higher voltages or temperatures. Devices that incorporate these materials have significantly increased military capabilities, Commerce said.

It includes ECAD tools for validating integrated circuits or printed circuit boards, 'which can advance many commercial and military applications, including defense and communications satellites.

An economic and security review commission found in June 2021 that the department did not do enough to protect sensitive technology from China's military.

National security risks may be exacerbated by a delay in developing the list of emerging and foundational technologies, as required by a 2018 law.

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