Russian tanks are using chips from household appliances due to sanctions

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Daniel Sims

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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 found semiconductors from dishwashers and refrigerators in Russian tanks. Ukrainian officials say these are substitutes for components Russian manufacturers can't get due to international sanctions.

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 said the Ukrainian findings prove the sanctions are successfully diminishing Russia's war effort.

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

One response from Russia has been to turn a blind eye to illegal imports of electronics and components. 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 isn't the only entity cannibalizing appliances to fill chip deficiencies. Last month, ASML CEO Peter Wennik admitted that some companies are repurposing chips from washing machines to compensate for the ongoing global chip shortage.

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fps4ever

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this apply for everything -> always multiply your sources , and at least , try to avoid propaganda from BOTH sides...

As am I. We all know both sides are getting hit. I'm specifically talking about Russian tanks and the Ukraine's taking them out pretty easily due to the outdated tactics and lack of leadership in guerilla hit and run fighting. Plus the fact that UK's now have artillery guns that have longer range than the Russians.
 
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Irata

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As am I. We all know both sides are getting hit. I'm specifically talking about Russian tanks and the Ukraine's taking them out pretty easily due to the outdated tactics and lack of leadership in guerilla hit and run fighting. Plus the fact that UK's now have artillery guns that have longer range than the Russians.

And they‘ll get the Panzerhaubitze 2000…hopefully soon.
 

Vulcanproject

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Without nuclear weapons, Russia would be just a regional power with very small influence in the global stage.

Russia only ever was a medium regional power since the fall of the USSR, at best. The issue we see today is it thinks it is a peer competitor to the United States and China. When it isn't even close economically, militarily or politically. It cannot even build its own critical electronic components or call upon a reserve stock.

Delusions of grandeur from the current administration are leading to a further weakening and accelerating its decline in influence, both worldwide and even close to home with the neighbors.

This is what happens when a sudden loss of empire is not accepted by certain people. Unfortunately the ones in charge, denying new realities....
 

Hexic

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Liberal media: Ukraine is doing well - Russia is losing

REALITY: Europe is suffering. Russia is flattening Ukraine.

If a self-proclaimed superpower taking (thus far) 2 months and 3 weeks for an invasion without even capturing the Ukrainian capitol is 'flattening'... Then sure! They're doing great. I suppose. Somehow.

Repurposing home appliance parts out of desperation really speaks to the high confidence of that flattening!
 

winjer

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But it has half of the whole number of nuclear weapons in the planet.

And that is the problem. Russia is a country has a strong propensity to have autocratic rulers, most often than not with little regard for basic human rights.
This increases the risk of nuclear war.
 

winjer

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Not quite. Europe gets over 40% of all their energy from Russia. And there's no way to replace that.

Part of it can be replaced. New oil and gas pipelines from the middle east are already being built. Shipments of oil and gas from other countries have increased.
France is betting on building more nuclear reactors.
And if Germany hadn't gone full retard and closed it's reactor some years ago, it's dependency on Russia would be lesser.

But here is the thing, if Russia had a stable democratic government, that put diplomatic relations ahead of military threats and invasions, we could all live in a better place, where trade could be done freely to the advantage of all countries.
 
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