US computer maker Dell plans to stop using chips made in China by 2024, amid concerns over tensions between Washington and Beijing.
The company, which is the world’s third largest computer maker by volume of shipments, has told suppliers of its plans to “significantly reduce” the number of Chinese-made chips used in its computers. In particular, if they were produced at the facilities of non-Chinese manufacturers.
Dell’s goal is that by 2024, all the chips used in the company’s products will be produced in factories located outside of China.
The move is one example of how the technology war between the United States and China is accelerating efforts by electronics makers to diversify production away from Asia’s largest economy.
Dell’s rival, HP, has also begun surveying its suppliers to assess the possibility of moving production and assembly from China, agency sources said.
In addition to chips, Dell has asked suppliers of other components, such as electronic modules and printed circuit boards, to help prepare facilities in countries outside China, such as Vietnam.