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Major advanced semiconductor maker ASML Holding NV has told its U.S. employees to refrain from serving customers in China because of new regulations from the Biden administration, according to an internal email to employees.

“ASML US employees must refrain- either directly, or indirectly- from servicing, shipping or providing support to any customers in China until further notice, while ASML is actively assessing which particular fabs are affected by this regulation,” says an email from the US management team addressed to employees in the country. The ban applies to all U.S. workers, including U.S. citizens, green card holders, and resident aliens, according to the email.

The Biden administration banned Chinese companies from buying advanced chip-making equipment or employing American citizens without a license to prevent the economic and military threat from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Read the Global SMT article

US Strengthens Restrictions on China

Current US sanctions against China affect HPC, aerospace, automotive, military, and other sectors. The market for high-end computing chips (including CPUs, GPUs, etc.) has borne the brunt of these limitations at this stage, the market offering corresponding memory such as DRAM and NAND flash has also It has been implicated in potential supply disruptions. This now extends not only to domestic companies in mainland China but also to relevant US suppliers. Among them, server companies that rely on high-load computing will come under closer scrutiny.