As a reaction to US sanctions, they stopped deliveries.
The global computer chip industry has halted Russia. This includes Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, a giant in computer chip manufacturing. The drive stopped all imports to Russia in response to the United States sanctions. This was to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.
The Biden administration announced the US sanctions on February 24, 2010. These sanctions were imposed to stop deliveries to defense and specific buyers in the aerospace and maritime tech sectors. It did not specify that it would prevent the delivery of consumer types of equipment such as electronics.
While Russia works out a way to get around the sanctions, this is done to ensure that they comply with the rules. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is the first to stop all Russian sales. It also suspends sales to any third parties involved in supplying Russian products. An entity that is familiar with the current activities of TSMC confirmed this. To discuss sensitive matters, he gave his statement, securing his anonymity.
IN A STATEMENT, TSMC SAID IT IS “FULLY COMMITTED TO COMPLYING WITH THE NEW EXPORT CONTROL RULES ANNOUNCED.”
GlobalFoundries, a chip manufacturer based in Malta, New York, has reportedly begun complying with the sanctions and has stopped selling to Russia. Intel, California, has also started to comply with the current export sanctions.
Russia could be more vulnerable if they ban chip exports as they don’t produce enough chips or consumer electronics. They don’t produce semiconductors at the high end required for advanced computing. TSMC’s compliance with the sanctions, as the largest manufacturer in this field, could be detrimental.
The Elbrus-branded semiconductors made in Russia have stopped receiving chips from TSMC. These Elbrus chips are used in specific computing applications by the Russian military and security services. Russia had previously tried to get their banks to use these chips. This information was submitted by Kostas Tigkos, an electronics expert from the UK-based defense intelligence provider.
Even though Russia isn’t a significant consumer of semiconductors directly, the ban would still have an impact. The US and other Western countries have maintained sales regulations for these chips to Russia. They were exporting electronic components and chips for military purposes already required a license. This new rule blocks dual-use chip sales to nonmilitary and military Russian consumers.