On 18 August, the MIT Technology Review explained that EDA software comprises a category of tools that help electrical engineers design and develop ever more complex chips, as it’s now impossible to create their designs manually. The US has announced restrictions on certain EDA tools, blocking China and over 150 other countries — essentially any country that isn’t a traditional US ally — from accessing them without specially granted licences. The article explains that EDA software is a small but mighty part of the semiconductor supply chain, and it’s mostly controlled by 3 Western companies.
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