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Huawei’s Secretive Chip Arm Ph.D. is seeking to bypass US sanctions

The secretive chipmaking arm of Huawei Technologies Co. Dozens of highly trained engineers to help develop its semiconductor design software, a specialized area now dominated by Cadence Design Systems Inc. and American Synopsys.

The secretive chipmaking arm of Huawei Technologies Co. Dozens of highly trained engineers to help develop its semiconductor design software, a specialized area now dominated by Cadence Design Systems Inc. and American Synopsys.

The hiring spree marks the Chinese tech giant’s latest effort to develop technologies it can no longer freely access due to US sanctions. HiSilicon, which makes the processors that power Huawei’s smartphones and communications equipment, has announced 50 roles involved in next-generation computing and manufacturing technologies, according to job posts on HiSilicon’s WeChat account.

Among those roles is focused on developing in-house chip design tools known as electronic design automation software, a core product Huawei can’t buy from Cadence or Synopsys due to sanctions. Ever since Washington blacklisted Huawei — which it views as a national security threat — the Chinese company has turned to outdated EDA software and clumsy homegrown alternatives to lay out the blueprints for its latest chipset.

Candidates will be responsible for “research for advanced EDA techniques,” according to one job description. In a separate post, another Huawei unit said it was looking for talent to participate in EDA development projects that could achieve “breakthroughs” in core chip technologies. Huawei did not disclose the total size of hiring — for example, if multiple people are needed for specific jobs or roles. Representatives declined to comment.

Washington is tightening China’s access to the latest chipmaking technology, years after the Trump administration first blocked Huawei from getting the latest chips and software. The US is now pressing the Netherlands to ban ASML Holding NV – which dominates production of machinery crucial to making the most advanced silicon – from selling the equipment to China.