Processors with a frequency not exceeding 25 MHz! Russia and Belarus go back to the 1990s

According to the information of DigiTimes Asia as of today, Taiwan is imposing a ban on the export of many electronic components to Russia and Belarus, primarily processors.
Prohibited components with the following characteristics:

  • have a performance of 5 GFLOPS and more;
  • operating at a frequency of 25 MHz or higher;
  • have an arithmetic-logic bit block higher than 32 bits;
  • have an external connection with a data transfer rate of 2.5 MB/s or more;
  • have 144 contacts or more;
  • have a shutter delay of less than 0.4 nanoseconds.

In addition, some types of lithographic equipment for the manufacture of chips are prohibited for sale; as well as scanners and electron-scanning microscopes for checking chips.

For you to understand, the Sony PlayStation 2, released in 2000, had a peak performance of around 6.2 GFLOPS. And the frequency of Intel i386DX processors, which were produced since 1985, was 12, 16, 20, 25 and 33 MHz. The 25 MHz model went on sale in 1988. By the way, my first home PC, which my father gave me in 1991 had just the same processor – i386DX 25 MHz.

Congratulations to Russia and Belarus, they are going back to the 1990s they were so afraid of. And this is good. Thank you, Taiwan!

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