China bans Intel and AMD chips in government computers

China has issued guidelines banning using Intel and AMD chips in government computers.

The move is seen as part of Beijing’s efforts to strengthen the country’s semiconductor industry as it seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign technology.

China has banned the use of Intel and AMD chips in its government computers

According to the Financial Times, the guidelines are not limited to processors. The Microsoft Windows operating system and foreign-made database software will also be discarded in favor of Chinese solutions.

China bans Intel and AMD chips in government computers
China aims to reduce its reliance on technology produced by foreign companies (Image credit)

In short, in my opinion, this means a significant market loss for Microsoft and other foreign technology companies.

Beijing justifies the move with the need to create a “safe and reliable” technology ecosystem. The US technology embargo against China is one of the factors that triggered this decision.

China bans Intel and AMD chips in government computers
Microsoft Windows and other foreign software will also be replaced with Chinese-made alternatives (Image credit)

The procurement guidelines, announced on December 26, instruct government agencies to purchase “secure and reliable” processors and operating systems. As a result, products from Chinese semiconductor companies such as Loongson and Hygon stand out.

China’s ban on Intel and AMD chips caused a stir in technology. China’s move is seen as a development that will affect China, the US, and the whole world. Time will tell where the technology war will lead and how this change will affect the global technology sector.

Featured image credit: Yan Ke / Unsplash

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