x230 Lenovo and Microchip

So Lenovo didn’t choose Microchip (but according to their electric schematics they were going to)

New York, May 2, 2012 Microchip acquires SMSC.

https://www.microchip.com/investor/Pressrelease/MCHP%20and%20SMSC%20Announce%20the%20Acquisition%20of%20SMSC%20by%20MCHP.050212.pdf

Lenovo announced the x230 on December 2011 and released it in 2012

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThinkPad_X_Series#2012

http://shop.lenovo.com/ISS_Static/ww/wci/products/us/laptop/thinkpad/x-series/x230/X230-datasheet.pdf

In the end the Lenovo x230 ended up having an EC (Embedded Controller) from Microchip as initially planned but it wasn’t using that EC in the initial electronic wiring.

I wonder who has the code for the embedded controller. Lenovo, WKS/Winstron, Microchip? I wonder what is the relationship betweeen the EC and the intel ME and if there is a backdoor there playing with certs but this is only paranoia. After all intel ME itself is a backdoor but only to USA/NSA, the rest of the governments “need” to put them somewhere else.

http://www.chatnews24.com/2015/10/ibm-pasa-por-el-aro-regulatorio-y-permitira-al-gobierno-de-china-revisar-su-codigo-fuente/

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