China blocks use of AMD, Intel in government PCs

China has introduced guidelines to phase out US microprocessors from Intel and AMD from government PCs and servers, the Financial Times reported (paywall) on Sunday.

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

According to the FT report, Chinese officials have begun following the guidelines, which were unveiled in December.

They order government agencies above the township level to include criteria requiring “safe and reliable” processors and operating systems when making purchases, the newspaper said.

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

The US 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 US semiconductors and contains financial aid for domestic production with subsidies for production of advanced chips.  — Akanksha Khushi, (c) 2024 Reuters

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