Dell wants to cut out Chinese-made chips

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Dell has announced plans to phase out chips made in China from its machines by 2024 in a move that could to have major repercussions across the wider tech industry. 

A person familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia: “The determined shift involves not only those chips that are currently made by Chinese chipmakers but also at the facilities in China of non-Chinese suppliers”.

According to recent Canalys figures, Dell accounted for 26.1% of Q3 2022 US desktop, notebook and workstation shipments, placing it in pole position ahead of HP (22.7%) and Apple (16.7%).

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Speculations cite growing concerns over the security and reliability of Chinese-made chips, which have only accelerated amid tension between China and the US.

Dell’s decision to reduce its reliance on ‘made in China’ chips is part of a broader trend among tech companies, where a general sentiment to diversify supply chains has been felt. 

It has also been reported that HP is drawing up plans that involve reducing its reliance on single countries for manufacturing large proportions of its components, including China.

In an effort to further expand manufacturing, the sources claim that Dell is also asking suppliers of other components and even product assemblers to prepare for a shift to other countries, such as Vietnam.

Dell told TechRadar Pro:

"To best meet our customers’ and partners’ needs and expectations, we have geographic diversity, flexibility and stability built into our global supply chain. China is an important market where we have team members and customers to serve. We continuously explore supply chain diversification across the globe that makes sense for our customers and our business."

TechRadar Pro has reached out to a handful of other computer companies for further comment on the reduction of Chinese supply chains.

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