China Implements New Guidelines to Phase Out U.S. Processors in Government Computers

Beijing’s Move Affects Intel, AMD Chips, and Microsoft’s Windows OS, Favoring Chinese Alternatives

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China has issued new guidelines that gradually replace US standards in government computers and servers and ban the use of chips from leading manufacturers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

Sales Information The report stated that the new rules, which will come into force on December 26, will also affect Microsoft’s Windows operating system and documents produced abroad, as they prefer calculation alternatives.

Local and top government agencies responded to the Financial Times, adding that AMD and Intel declined to comment on the report.

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This development is consistent with larger efforts to support China. The domestic semiconductor industry is reducing its dependence on foreign technology. Semiconductors are key components of everything from smartphones to medical devices and have become a key part of the technological competition between China and the United States.

The United States used export controls to limit China’s access to advanced semiconductor technology. In October 2022, Washington announced regulations that would limit China’s ability to acquire or manufacture advanced chips due to concerns about military use.

Also, in October 2023, new rules were announced to prevent US chip manufacturer Nvidia from selling the smartest products to China.

Since 2019, Chinese technology companies such as Huawei and leading chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. faced US sanctions that prevented them from accessing advanced technology. SMIC also encountered difficulties in procuring the ultraviolet lithography equipment required for advanced wafer production from the Dutch company ASML.