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Russian tanks use chips from household appliances because of sanctions

Cutting corners: Previous stories have shown how Russia is making up for deficiencies in electronic components stemming from international sanctions since it began its invasion of Ukraine. Recent findings in Ukraine emphasize just how far Russian manufacturers have gone. In a Senate hearing on Wednesday, the US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo cited Ukrainians who…

Cutting corners Previous stories showed how Russia makes up for electronic component deficiencies resulting from international sanctions. Recent evidence from Ukraine shows just how far Russian manufacturers are.

In a Senate hearing on Wednesday, the US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo cited Ukrainians who found semiconductors from dishwashers and refrigerators in Russian tanks. These are replacements for parts that Russian manufacturers cannot get because of international sanctions, according to Ukrainian officials.

Raimondo said US technology exports to Russia have sunk by almost 70 percent since Russia started its invasion in late February. Moreover, spokesperson from the US Commerce department Robyn Patterson said US component shipments to Russia have fallen by 85 percent in the last year. Raimondo stated that the Ukrainian results prove that sanctions have been successful in reducing Russia’s war effort.

Complying with sanctions, computer companies like Intel, AMD, IBM, TSMC, and GlobalFoundries also stopped chip sales to Russia.

Russia has responded to illegal imports of electronic components and electronics by turning a blind eye . Russia also plans to develop local chip manufacturing and reverse-engineer Western electronics. The country wants to produce its own 28nm nodes by 2030. Chinese purchases of old lithography machines might make that goal unrealistic.

Russia doesn’t seem to be the only one cannibalizing chips. Last month, ASML CEO Peter Wennik admitted tha

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