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China Bans Intel, AMD Chips and Microsoft OS from Government Computers

 |  March 26, 2024

China has reportedly announced plans to ban the use of Intel and AMD chips, as well as Microsoft’s operating system, from government computers and servers. The measures, reported by the Financial Times (FT), aim to bolster the use of locally-made hardware and software while phasing out reliance on imported technology.

According to the FT report, the ban extends to database software from non-Chinese companies, marking a significant shift towards promoting indigenous technology. Government agencies across China have been advised to prioritize the procurement of “safe and reliable processors and operating systems” for PCs and servers.

The move underscores China’s broader strategy to reduce dependency on overseas markets and ramp up local production. With tensions between the US and China persisting, the Chinese government appears determined to strengthen its domestic tech industry.

However, industry experts warn of potential challenges ahead. Richard Windsor, founder of Radio Free Mobile, cautioned that while China aims to boost its chip industry, alternatives to power data centers remain elusive. He pointed out that Huawei and China’s chip manufacturers are yet to offer viable substitutes.

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Notably, the FT report did not mention Nvidia as a target of the ban. Windsor emphasized the crucial role Nvidia plays in artificial intelligence (AI), suggesting that China’s efforts to achieve complete self-sufficiency in technology may be unrealistic.

Windsor’s remarks shed light on the complexities facing China’s technology sector. While the country has demonstrated prowess in producing advanced chips, achieving total independence from foreign technology providers presents a daunting challenge.

As China presses forward with its agenda to promote local innovation and reduce reliance on foreign imports, the global tech landscape braces for further disruptions. The implications of China’s latest move on the ongoing trade dispute with the US and the broader dynamics of the technology industry remain to be seen.

Source: Mobile World Live