China moves closer to self-reliance in 7nm chip production

BEIJING, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A news report by on China moves closer to self-reliance in 7nm chip production.

China has recently made new breakthroughs in its 7nm chip-making process, reportedly developing tools and know-how for several segments of the manufacturing process amid efforts to reduce reliance on foreign equipment and material vendors.

Last month, China’s chip customization solution provider Innosilicon announced that it had taped out and completed testing of a prototype chip based on the FinFET N+1 process of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). This achievement marks a new step forward in China’s homegrown chip development.

An exhibition booth of China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) is seen at the 17th China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai, Sept. 3, 2019. [Photo/CFP]

Amid major trade restrictions enforced by the United States, SMIC’s new generation foundry node is said to be comparable to the 7nm process by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry.

As China’s largest chip foundry, SMIC will introduce its N+1 7nm node, marking a significant improvement over its current 14 nm production node, boasting a 20% increase in performance, power consumption reduction of 57%, a reduced logic area of 63%, and SoC (System on a Chip) area reduction of 55%, according to the company.

Moreover, the N+1 foundry node may enable SMIC to break its reliance on advanced Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography machines produced by Dutch microchip machine maker ASML, according to Liang Mengsong, co-CEO of SMIC. ASML is subject to U.S. export controls as its products contain American technology.

At the same time, China is working hard to develop its own lithography system.

The Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-Bionics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Sinano), along with the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, recently announced a breakthrough in a new type of 5nm laser lithography technology. Experts believe it could lay the foundation for research into a self-developed advanced lithography machine.

The new technology has broken the traditional constraint in laser direct writing (LDW) with its ability to process at the nano level. In addition to ultra-high precision, the technology also demonstrates potential for mass production.

According to research results published in Nano Letters, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, the new LDW technology “exhibits an attractive capability of well-site control and mass production of 500,000 nanogap electrodes per hour,” breaking the trade-off between resolution and throughput using nanofabrication techniques.

During the recent China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, ASML, the global leader in lithography machines, showcased its deep ultraviolet (DUV) lithography machines, sending out a strong signal for its capability and willingness to export the equipment to China.

Previously, ASML’s CFO Roger Dassen has stated that the company can export DUV lithography machines to China without a U.S. license. The technology can typically produce chips down to the 7nm node.

On the side of materials, Nata Opto-electronic Materials in east China’s Jiangsu province announced that it has established China’s first ArF photoresist production line, which is used to transfer electronic circuit patterns to silicon crystals in the 7nm chip-making process.

Previously, photoresist materials produced in China could only be applied in the production of chips with standards of 436nm and 365nm.

As the world’s largest semiconductor market, China has been spending aggressively in semiconductor investment, acquisition, and talent recruitment to bolster the industry by on-shoring chip manufacturing equal to those of the world’s top foundries.

A report by Goldman Sachs on July 2 predicted that China may be capable of producing 7nm chips by 2023.

Thomas Friedman, a columnist for the New York Times, said during an online forum on Nov. 11 that China attempts to build an entire microchip supply chain from end to end, and will be no longer dependent on the U.S. technologies, according to the country’s latest five-year plan.

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AUTOCRYPT Launches C-V2X Solution Demonstrating Interoperability with China C-SCMS Standards

SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — AUTOCRYPT Co., Ltd., a leading V2X security solutions provider, announced the launch of its new C-V2X solution, supporting Chinese Secure Credential Management System (C-SCMS) standards. AUTOCRYPT received verification tests for compatibility by the C-V2X working group at China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), under the new International Mobile Telecommunications-2020 (IMT-2020(5G)) Standard for 5G networks, devices, and services.

China currently leads the world in usage of LTE communications and currently has the third best-selling automotive brand in the market. The nation has set itself on a progressive path in the automotive industry by standardizing the LTE-V2X communications system throughout the entire country, making it mandatory to implement LTE-based C-V2X technology rather than Dedicated Short-Range Communications, or DSRC, into C-ITS projects. China has promoted active deployment of the technology and has already begun C-V2X technology demonstrations in 30 regions. Wuxi, Tianjin and Changsha cities have been designated as the first main cities in the country to become C-V2X commercialization areas, undergoing major developments.

Last month, AUTOCRYPT’s solution was verified for interoperability by the China Industry Innovation Alliance for Intelligent and Connected Vehicles (CAICV), undergoing testing for “four-layers” interoperability between OEM, OBU terminal, V2X communication module, and PKI to comply with C-SCMS standards.

Overseas solutions providers often face challenges in entering market as China’s regulations for C-SCMS differ from existing standards. Unlike the existing SCMS structure, China’s SCMS (C-SCMS) standards utilize a Certificate Trust List (CTL) which configures trust relationships between several PKI (Multiple Root CA) systems. Additionally, C-SCMS allows the download of a security certificate without a registration certificate, further requiring stability measures to be implemented into the protocol.

AUTOCRYPT’s C-V2X security solution has met the challenge to demonstrate compliance, verifying the new solution’s C-SCMS technical standards, making AUTOCRYPT’s security solutions ready for implementation into the country’s Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) projects.

CEO and co-Founder Daniel ES Kim remarked, “When it comes to autonomous vehicles and their secure operation, it is essential to ensure compliance with the standards set by the governing parties.” He continued, “AUTOCRYPT currently leads the field in terms of C-ITS security projects, and with this interoperability verification, we are confident that our C-V2X based autonomous driving security solutions will continue to contribute to C-ITS deployment and development in China.”

AUTOCRYPT is the leading player in transportation security technologies. Beginning in 2007 as an in-house venture at Penta Security Systems Inc., AUTOCRYPT spun off as a separate entity in 2019 as its presence expanded worldwide. Recognized by TU-Automotive as the Best Auto Cybersecurity Product/Solution of 2019, AUTOCRYPT continues to pave the way in transportation and mobility security through a multi-layered, holistic approach. Through security solutions for V2X/C-V2X, V2G (including PnC security), in-vehicle security, and Fleet Management, AUTOCRYPT ensures that security is prioritized before vehicles hit the road.

‫أوتوكريبت تطلق حل C-V2X الذي يثبت قابلية التشغيل البيني مع معايير نظام إدارة بيانات الاعتماد الآمن الصيني

 سول، كوريا الجنوبية، 26 نوفمبر 2020 /PRNewswire/ — أعلنت شركة أوتوكريبت المحدودة (AUTOCRYPT)، إحدى الشركات الرائدة في توفير حلول الأمان V2X، عن إطلاق حل C-V2X الجديد الذي يدعم معايير نظام إدارة بيانات الاعتماد الآمن الصيني (C-SCMS). تلقت شركة أوتوكريبت اختبارات التحقق من مطابقة مجموعة العمل C-V2X في الأكاديمية الصينية لتكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات (CAICT)، بموجب المعيار الدولي للاتصالات المتنقلة الجديدة 2020 (IMT-2020 (5G))، لشبكات الجيل الخامس وأجهزته وخدماته.

 تتصدر الصين دول العالم حاليًا في استخدام اتصالات التطوير طويل الأمد (LTE) وتحظى حاليًا بثالث أكثر علامة تجارية مبيعًا للسيارات في السوق. لقد سلكت الدولة مسارًا تدريجيًا في صناعة السيارات؛ وذلك من خلال توحيد نظام اتصالات LTE-V2X في جميع أنحاء البلاد، مما جعل تطبيق تقنية C-V2X القائمة على اتصالات التطوير طويل الأمد (LTE) أمرًا إلزاميًا بدلاً من الاتصالات المخصصة قصيرة المدى (DSRC) في مشروعات أنظمة النقل الذكية التعاونية (C-ITS). كما عززت الصين نشر هذه التقنية نشرًا قويًا، وقد بدأت بالفعل عروض تقنية C-V2X في 30 منطقة. وحصدت مدن ووشي و تيانجين وتشانغشا المركز الأول في تصنيف أوائل المدن الرئيسية في البلاد لتصبح مناطق تجارية تعمل بتقنية C-V2X وتخضع لتطورات كبيرة.

 وقد تحقق تحالف الابتكار الصناعي الصيني للمركبات الذكية والمتصلة (CAICV) في الشهر الماضي من قابلية التشغيل البيني لحل أوتوكريبت، حيث يخضع الحل لاختبار قابلية التشغيل البيني “رباعية الطبقات” بين الجهة المصنعة الأصلية ووحدة الاتصالات الطرفية للوحدة الداخلية ووحدة الاتصال V2X والبنية الأساسية للمفتاح العام (PKI) لمطابقته مع معايير نظام إدارة بيانات الاعتماد الآمن الصيني.

 يواجه مقدمو الحلول في الخارج غالبًا تحديات في دخول السوق حيث تختلف اللوائح الصينية الخاصة بمعايير نظام إدارة بيانات الاعتماد الآمن الصيني عن المعايير الحالية. وخلافًا لهيكل نظام إدارة بيانات الاعتماد الآمن، تستخدم معايير نظام إدارة بيانات الاعتماد الآمن الصيني قائمة الشهادات الموثوق بها (CTL) التي تكوّن علاقات الثقة بين العديد من أنظمة البنية الأساسية للمفتاح العام (هيئة إصدار شهادات الجذر المتعددة). وعلاوةً على ذلك، يسمح نظام إدارة بيانات الاعتماد الآمن الصيني بتنزيل شهادة أمان بدون شهادة تسجيل، مما يتطلب أيضًا تنفيذ تدابير الاستقرار في البروتوكول.

 لقد واجه الحل الأمني C-V2X الذي أصدرته شركة أوتوكريبت التحدي المتمثل في إثبات الامتثال والتحقق من مطابقة هذا الحل الجديد للمعايير الفنية الخاصة بنظام إدارة بيانات الاعتماد الآمن الصيني، مما يجعل حلول أوتوكريبت الأمنية جاهزة للتنفيذ في مشروعات أنظمة النقل الذكية التعاونية (C-ITS) في البلاد.

أشار الرئيس التنفيذي والشريك المؤسس دانيال إي إس كيم: “عندما يتعلق الأمر بالمركبات ذاتية القيادة وتشغيلها الآمن، فلا بد من ضمان الامتثال للمعايير التي وضعتها الأطراف الحاكمة”. وتابع قائلًا: “تقود شركة أوتوكريبت حاليًا هذا المجال من حيث مشروعات أمن أنظمة النقل الذكية التعاونية، ومع التحقق من قابلية هذا التشغيل البيني، فإننا واثقون بأن حلول أمان القيادة الذاتية القائمة على C-V2X ستواصل إسهامها في نشر أنظمة النقل الذكية التعاونية وتطويرها في الصين”.

 تضطلع شركة أوتوكريبت بدور ريادي في مجال تقنيات أمن النقل. تأسست أوتوكريبت ابتداءً من عام 2007 باعتبارها إحدى مشروعات شركة بنتا سيكيورتي سيستمز (Penta Security Systems)، ثم استقلت عنها وأصبحت كيانًا قائمًا بذاته في عام 2019 وعملت على توسيع نطاق وجودها في جميع أنحاء العالم. وقد حظيت أوتوكريبت بتقدير بالغ في حدث تي يو أوتوموتيف (TU-Automotive) كأفضل منتج أو حل في مجال الأمن السيبراني للسيارات لعام 2019، وتواصل مسيرتها في تمهيد الطريق في مجال أمن النقل والتنقل باتباع نهجًا شاملًا متعدد الطبقات. تضمن أوتوكريبت، بفضل حلولها الأمنية لـ V2X/C-V2X وV2G (بما في ذلك أمن PnC) والأمن داخل السيارة وإدارة الأسطول، إيلاء الأولوية للأمن قبل انطلاق المركبات في الطُرُق.

Building a Municipal Data Center for the ‘Pearl’ in the South Coast of the Arabian Gulf

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — “The sea on the left, the desert on the right” — a perfect description of Abu Dhabi’s unique natural environment. With millions of visitors every year, Abu Dhabi is often, somewhat poetically, described as the bright pearl, glimmering on the south coast of the Arabian Gulf.

But barely 60 years ago, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates was — going by the Arabic meaning of its name — a place mostly populated by gazelles (“Dhabi”). The establishment of the Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) in 1962 marked the beginning of an evolution of the Emirate’s urban landscape through a series of grand development plans. Today, Abu Dhabi ranks first among the world’s safest cities (Numbeo) and second among the world’s most popular (Paris Ipsos).

Sustainable Data Storage Requirements

“Supporting community happiness through the delivery of sustainable urban growth and municipal services” is the stated vision of ADM. In the age of rapid digital transformation, municipal data centers are key, providing not only government office services but resident information management and municipal services, too. Simply put, data centers are indispensable for community life.

However, ADM’s legacy data center setup was unable to meet future development requirements, given the influx of vast amounts of new services and a massive increase in data volume. The question of how to improve data reliability, security, and data center sustainability became an urgent focus for ADM.

Building the Best Disaster Recovery Data Center Possible with Huawei

A highly-reliable, agile, and green data center was essential for ADM, one that could guarantee data center disaster recovery. Three key areas quickly emerged as priorities.

  • As the last line of protection for municipal data, ADM needed a disaster recovery data center that had received the highest level of certification from the Uptime Institute —TIER- IV —, a trusted measure of system reliability. The power supply and cooling architecture of TIER IV data centers work in 2N redundancy mode, ensuring data security in the event of device faults or power outages.
  • To meet sustainable development requirements, ADM wanted a disaster recovery data center that supported flexible capacity expansion, both in terms of services and cabinets. In addition, the capacity expansion process needed to be simple, to ensure that system reliability and availability would remain unaffected.
  • A green design concept for the data center— in terms of an efficient power supply and cooling system — was also essential, to achieve maximum Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and reduce Operational Expenditure (OPEX).

ADM chose to partner with Huawei, a company that has the largest share of the global modular data center market. The Huawei FusionModule2000 solution was the natural choice for ADM’s data center given its credentials: high reliability, flexible capacity expansion, and green energy efficiency.

Huawei FusionModule2000 was the first data center to receive Uptime TIER-Ready IV certification. Local construction engineers only needed to carry out simple on-site installation, since this modular data center is prefabricated in the factory, and it was quickly brought online and ready for use.

Indeed, FusionModule2000 adopts a fully modular design, supporting the sustainable development of municipal services, with flexible capacity expansion possible for a range of subsystems, from power supply to cooling and IT cabinets.

FusionModule2000 includes Huawei’s proprietary modular Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), promoting green energy efficiency. This improves the power supply efficiency of ADM’s disaster recovery data center by more than 2% compared with traditional solutions. Furthermore, Huawei-developed in-row air conditioners, combining local cooling and aisle containment, reduce PUE by over 0.4, even in Abu Dhabi’s high temperature environment.

On May 6, 2020, the Uptime Insight officially awarded Uptime TIER- IV design certification to ADM’s municipal disaster recovery data center. Abu Dhabi, the bright pearl on the south coast of the Arabian Gulf, can now put its trust in the security of its ultra-reliable municipal data storage.

What’s next for the future?

Ahamd Abdulsamad Alhammadi – Acting Director of the technical planning department, Abu Dhabi Municipality, said: “Our digitalization journey with Huawei has transformed our operations, building more resilience and convenience throughout the Municipality. The TIER IV disaster recovery data center, jointly built with Huawei, fully demonstrates the industry’s most advanced solutions and impeccable customer service. We are guided in our digitalization by the vision of the UAE’s leadership to enhance our community through technology. Huawei is our partner of choice and we look forward to future cooperation with them.

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Digital Transformation in Dubai: Who Is Playing the Critical Role?

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The pace of urbanization coupled with a growing population have rapidly accelerated over recent decades in the Middle East, putting increased pressure on infrastructure, social and economic structures, and the environment. A critical question arises: how to provide adequate housing, healthcare, education, jobs, and infrastructure for residents of the region? Over the last 20 years, Dubai has been transforming itself into an international city and a regional business and tourism destination. This has been achieved through the diversification of the economy and vast development in specific sectors — including tourism, real estate, retail, travel, logistics, and finance. Underlying this process of urbanization, a strong and productive government sector has embraced regulatory reforms along with technology, wholly committing to the world-class digitalization of the city.

Technology Transformation

With the announcement of its first Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strategy in 1999, Dubai began its technological journey. The launch of Dubai Internet City, the Dubai e-government, and Dubai Smart Government all followed on, and, in 2014, the Smart Dubai initiative arrived. Over the past two decades, the numerous digital initiatives transforming the city have been welcomed by its residents, driving the adoption of ICT in all aspects of life.

The development of digital transformation and the rapid growth of concomitant digital services have posed new challenges for the Dubai municipality, including how to address a rapid increase in data volume, while still ensuring data security. In response, Dubai municipality decided to launch a Disaster Recovery (DR) data center project, which required a data center to be rapidly deployed and put into operation as soon as possible, in order to ensure the data security of digital services. However, ensuring fast delivery and high reliability has always been an extremely challenging task when constructing DR data centers on open land.

Prefabricated Modular Data Center

As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei brings with it the engineering expertise that provides customers with more secure, intelligent, and reliable data centers. Huawei and the Dubai government worked together to overcome the challenges involved in constructing complex DR data centers and — thanks to its fast deployment times, high reliability, digital Operations and Maintenance (O&M), and high level of convergence with ICT devices — Huawei’s FusionDC1000A End-To-End (E2E) solution was the natural choice for such a complex construction project.

Fast deployment: Huawei FusionDC1000A is an end-to-end all-in-one prefabricated modular data center solution adopting a highly integrated design. The power distribution, cooling, fire extinguishing, security protection, and monitoring systems are all prefabricated, pre-installed, pre-tested, and pre-commissioned in the factory. The manufacturing quality is guaranteed by the product-based solution design and E2E high-end manufacturing process, with its container design allowing for ease of transportation and installation. Additionally, deployment can be completed within just one day, slashing required work hours by 80%, significantly shortening the engineering time, and effectively addressing Dubai municipality’s core requirement for a quick rollout.

High reliability: FusionDC1000A adopts a highly reliable structure with a service life of 25 years. The maximum IP65 protection level fully protects against dust and moisture, with a shockproof capability equivalent to McNair’s 9 intensity — comparable to that of traditional buildings. With a high-strength mechanical lock also protecting core assets, high-temperature resistant applications are perfectly suitable for the climate of Dubai.

Digital O&M: The intelligent Huawei Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) platform is configured to offer unified management of power supply, cooling, access control, and Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) subsystems. Users can access the system through multiple terminals, including laptops, tablets, and smart phones, with a visualized O&M interface provided. The simplified and intelligent O&M experience is seamless, removing the need for onsite personnel.

Huawei’s FusionDC1000A one-stop solution has been widely recognized and highly praised by the Dubai Municipal Government for its design, deployment, and O&M. Indeed, Huawei FusionDC1000A plays a key role in realizing Dubai’s vision of Smart City 2021, it has been said.

Innovation Going Forward

“By embracing technological innovation, we strive to improve the wellbeing of all residents and visitors in Dubai, providing them with a more seamless, smart, safe, efficient and personalized city experience,” the Dubai Municipality’s Director of Information technology (IT), Asmahan Alzarooni, said. “Guided by urban digitalization, Dubai has transformed itself into a model Smart City. In less than three years, over 100 smart initiatives and more than 1000 smart services were delivered to the public by more than 20 government departments, improving happiness standards by approximately 3%. We look forward to further cooperation with Huawei on the road to digital transformation and Smart City construction in Dubai. As a high-tech company that is bold in innovation, we believe that Huawei is capable of contributing more to the development of Dubai, with an openness to address any future changes and challenges.”

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