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Huawei invests in Chinese chipmakers as supplies continue to be cut off by US sanctions

Huawei has begun investing in emerging Chinese chip makers as it continues to make unremitting efforts to become a self-certified semiconductor manufacturing chip to counter US sanctions.

Tech investment company Hubble, which Huawei set up in April last year as a fund of 2.7 billion RMB (2.7 billion yuan) ($413 million), acquired tiny stakes in three Chinese semiconductor companies over the past three months, representing that A major shift in the company’s strategy, which is believed to be part of its plan to completely eliminate US control of the chip industry.

Although US sanctions have allowed several companies to continue to supply Huawei with the parts they need, they have led to a threat to the company’s business future, and the Beijing government has also contributed to seeking to become self-reliant in the manufacture of semiconductors, and its plan includes establishing a chip factory for Huawei, which will operate without use any US equipment.

In September, Hubble acquired a 3.3% stake in Skyverse, which is backed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to make inspection and testing tools for the semiconductor industry, and although the investment is estimated at only 3.3 million RMB (RMB), it is considered a highly strategic investment because Giving the company access to technologies it can no longer take from the United States, Skyverse makes products similar to those of leading US chip maker KLA, and also competes with NI and Teledyne Technologies in the chip maker.

At the end of November, the Hubble Fund made two more investments in Chinese companies for the production of semiconductor materials and equipment with a total value of 13 million RMB (RMB). The first was Ningbo Allsemi, of which Huawei acquired a 6.2% stake, and after less than A week, it acquired a 4.6% stake in Epiworld International for the production of screening tools for “silicon carbide”, which is the specialized material for the manufacture of high-tech chips in electrical processing that are used in electric vehicles, such as the modern models that Tesla is working on, and experts noted that Hubble’s investment highlights On the difficult challenge Huawei will face in trying to secure its own local supply network for the chips.

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