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Apple Considers Chinese Memory Chip Supplier

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Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday that Apple, Inc. is now exploring new suppliers for memory chips, including its first Chinese supplier, after an output disruption with a critical Japanese supplier.

Japan-based Kioxia Holdings Corp has been a key supplier of flash memory chips to Apple. However, last month, the company reported a contamination at two of its manufacturing facilities. They said this would result in reduced production.

Sample NAND flash memory chips by Yangtze Memory Technologies Co., a Chinese semiconductor company, are now being tested. The report added that Apple has been discussing the tie-up for months.

Yangtze declined to comment, while Apple did not respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.

Earlier this month, Foxconn, another key Apple supplier, suspended its Shenzhen operations due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

A persistent industry-wide shortage of chips has also disrupted production in the automotive and electronics industries, forcing some firms to scale back production.

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