The former President of Arm Ltd., Bloomberg Tudor Brown, has resigned from the board of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., stepping away from the Chinese chipmaker that has been hit with US sanctions.
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Brown, a celebrated engineer who was part of Arm's founding, is leaving SMIC after nine years on its board. He disclosed the move on his LinkedIn page.
Today is a bittersweet day. After 9 years I resigned from the SMIC board. He said that the international divide has widened.
Brown, who is also a director at the top Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd., was a key executive at Arm from 1990 to May 2012, according to this LinkedIn profile. That happened before SoftBank Group Corp. acquired the British firm in 2016.
Brown and SMIC didn't respond immediately to requests for comment.
SMIC is among a raft of Chinese semiconductor manufacturers contending with tighter US export restrictions as Washington tries to contain Beijing's technological rise. Consumers leave a pandemic-era boom behind, which leads to a rapidly crumbling global electronics demand.
Homegrown firms have tried to develop alternatives to American silicon. The Shanghai-based contract chipmaker has succeeded in advancing its production technology two generations this year to 7 nanometers, but industry experts caution that may not be based on the same standards used by larger rivals like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
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