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Businessman sentenced to five years for smuggling military chips to China

66-year-old Los Angeles scientist Yi-Chi Shih, Sentenced Sentenced to more than five years (63 months) imprisonment for transferring sensitive technology to the Chinese government. The verdict was made after being convicted in 2019 for illegally acquiring monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) and selling them to a Chinese state-owned entity. Shih was also ordered to pay US$362,000 in damages and a fine of US$300,000 to the IRS.

In a civil application, MMIC Used for microwave mixing, power amplification and high-frequency switching. But the military can use MMICs in missiles, missile guidance systems, fighter jets, electronic warfare and countermeasures, and radar applications. According to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the United States Export Administration Regulations (EAR), these chips cannot be exported without special permission.

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