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Taiwan will only sell Russian chips slower than the PlayStation 2

It was a matter of time and even though it took months Taiwan gives in to pressure from the West and for this breaks with the Wassenaar pact which has linked them strategically since the 90s to a country like Russia. For this reason, the Asian giant will not be able to supply Putin’s chips with peak levels, not even acceptable, because the said agreement was very strict and now they accept it, alleging a restriction of category 3 to 9 of this pact.

was the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs or MOEA, the one who put white on black when talking about blockades to Russia and fleas. The list of products is so long it is indescribable, but its basics are understandable and now those who invaded Ukraine will have to face the consequences.

Taiwan and the blockade of chips to Russia, what happened?


Being TSMC and other big companies that supply the most to the West, it was not at all complicated to think that the EU and the United States were going to launch for Taiwan and surely for South Korea (rest have). The restrictions imposed by these major players have had a ripple effect in Taiwan to the point that the government has come to the fore to state the obvious: no more high-tech devices, no tools to make them, and it has also given Very clear instructions on this. Direct or indirect entities from Russia (and Belarus) will not be able to purchase:

  • Chips that have a performance of 5 GFLOPS or more.
  • that work for 25 MHz or more.
  • Fleas that have a ALUs over 32 bits.
  • Those that have an external interconnect with a data transfer rate of 2.5 MB/s or more.
  • chips with more than 144 pins.
  • Or those who have a delay time in their propagation gates with less than 0.4 nanoseconds.

Just so we understand each other, Taiwan vetoes any chip that exceeds or equals, more or less, the power that a PlayStation 2 (6.2 GFLOPS on FP32) or the pins of a Intel 80386among others.

The Wassenaar Accord and the Collapse of Russia


The ban comes for 42 states which, in the mid-1990s, pledged to contribute to regional and international security and stability through transparency and accountability in arms, goods and technology. Taiwan understands that it has been violated and that is why the restrictions are so specific, since that is what was signed at the time.

Likewise, it seems that Russia is trying to avoid all this by negotiating with processor manufacturer Elbrus through Russian manufacturer Mikron, who are in charge of manufacturing the processors in their motherland. The problem is that MCST manufactures its Elbrus with TSMC technology at 16nm, while Mikron can only do so at 90nm And therein lies the main problem.

Will Russia be able to evade sanctions by negotiating with third parties and creating the chips with its lithographic process? It is likely that at least the licenses will be obtained, another thing is that the design is optimal and the pads have such a success rate that they are at least moderately profitable. What is certain is that Russia is increasingly surrounded and when you corner a bear… The fight against him awaits you.

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