Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn A worker at a chip factory in Jiashan, China, May 26, 2021. Credit: TopPhoto via AP Images It’s been a frenetic month of news in the semiconductor industry, following a flurry of regulatory activity in Washington aimed at boosting American chipmaking capacity and stemming the flow of advanced chips to China. As technology competition heats up, policymakers and observers even beyond the chip sector must familiarize themselves with an expanding vocabulary of chip-related concepts. Electronic design automation software, chips for AI, 12 nanometer vs 7 nanometer: what does it all mean, and how does it affect U.S.-China relations? This week, The Wire explains key concepts in the semiconductor supply chain and what recent events mean in the competition over its control. Data: White House 100 day supply chain review report, market reports ON NODES AND NANOMETERS An integrated circuit — also known as a chip — is a device composed of billions of transistors: computational devices that can be switched on (1) and off (0), which together are abSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.