US threatens to block chips to Russia

https://www.reuters.com/business/white-house-tells-chip-indu…

As a possible response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Well the USA would play to its strengths, sell weed worldwide, then a chip embargo would have teeth.

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Qazulight (If that didn’t work we could cut off frisbees)

Would that be cutting off our nose to spite our face? Couldn’t Russia just turn around and buy chips from China?

Wendy

Time was when the US was the leading manufacturer of semiconductor chips. Today they say we are down to about 30% share. Ours are supposedly more sophisticated, but then many designed in the US are actually made in Taiwan.

Maybe more political posturing than real threat.

On the other hand if Russian companies are dependent on imported chips (gee and I thought they were proud of their technology leadership) blocking chips from the US will add to the pain. (And will be an excuse to divert those chips to more deserving users.)

Ah, the art of diplomacy. Politics. And implied threats. So much fun. Or is it all BS?

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Maybe more political posturing than real threat.

The problem with the ‘Fabulous Fabs’ is that they are extremely very very very expensive which is probably the reason Russias does not have any. Asia took over from the US because of the size of the investments.

People talk about the Wintel Twins as if they were equals. NOT!

https://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/advchart/frames/frames.asp…

The Captain

Microchips are an ideal export product. They are light weight, easy to ship. Probably more valuable than gold on a weight basis.

Japan is best known for it’s industrial planning – once known as Japan Inc. I would expect the same planning from China. The technical skill is probably more limiting than investment in China.

Microsoft is best known for its software, not microchips.

Most chips are made in Taiwan. China is a wannabe.

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Would that be cutting off our nose to spite our face? Couldn’t Russia just turn around and buy chips from China?

It is not that simple. Although the US doesn’t actually make (fab) that high of a percentage of all chips, many of the chips made at fabs outside the US are made for US chip companies. These are the companies that sell the chips to the customers. Examples include: Apple, Nvidia, AMD, Qualcomm, even some of Intel’s chips.

Mike

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