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China blocks use of Intel and AMD chips in government computers, FT reports

Published 03/24/2024, 01:10 AM
Updated 03/24/2024, 04:50 AM
© Reuters. A central processing unit (CPU) semiconductor chip is displayed among flags of China and U.S., in this illustration picture taken February 17, 2023. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File photo

(Reuters) -China has introduced guidelines to phase out U.S. microprocessors from Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) from government personal computers and servers, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

The procurement guidance also seeks to sideline Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)'s Windows operating system and foreign-made database software in favour of domestic options, the report said.

Government agencies above the township level have been told to include criteria requiring "safe and reliable" processors and operating systems when making purchases, the newspaper said.  

China's industry ministry in late December issued a statement with three separate lists of CPUs, operating systems and centralised database deemed "safe and reliable" for three years after the publication date, all from Chinese companies, Reuters checks showed.

The State Council Information Office, which handles media queries for the council, China's cabinet, did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.

Intel and AMD did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

© Reuters. A central processing unit (CPU) semiconductor chip is displayed among flags of China and U.S., in this illustration picture taken February 17, 2023. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File photo

The U.S. has been aiming to boost domestic semiconductor output and reduce reliance on China and Taiwan with the Biden administration's 2022 CHIPS and Science Act.

It is designed to bolster U.S. semiconductors and contains financial aid for domestic production with subsidies for production of advanced chips.

Latest comments

Totally agree! Security issues.
I'm assuming China considers these non domestic chips a national security risk. Tit for tat. Fair enough.
Tit for tat. I'm assuming considers these non domestic chips a security risk. Fair enough.
They are unable to develop anything on their own
They already stole the tevhnologie to build they own.
they forgot to add Nvida into it as well
Finally US get a taste of their own medicine
You agree that it is wise to use domestic chips in government computers.
China has been banning US stuff forever
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