Intel suspends operations in Russia, calls for ‘fast return to peace’

Intel has suspended operation in Russia, the company confirmed. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many companies around the world suspended or withdrew from Russia and its ally Belarus; Chipmaker Intel is the latest to take a stand.

Intel had previously suspended shipments for customers in Russia (opens in new tab) and Belarus, but has since moved further away from the country. Intel says, in a press release obtained by Reuters (opens in new tab)which has implemented “business continuity measures” to minimize disruption to its operations around the world.

The importance of the availability of computer chips and the robustness of their supply chains has recently been the focus of the government of US President Joe Biden (opens in new tab)which admits that “semiconductors are an essential building block in the goods and products that Americans use every day”.

Russia is likely to grieve the loss of a major chip supplier, along with its ability to maintain a steady supply of the latest technology. There are a few Russian-based chip designers, though these generally rely on foreign manufacturing capability, such as Taiwan-based TSMC, which has expressed that it will comply with Taiwan’s broader sanctions on exports to Russia.

AMD also announced that it was halting sales to Russia in February.

Intel has now condemned Russia’s war in Ukraine and is “demanding a speedy return to peace”.

Many game companies left Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine, the most recent being Wargaming, creator and publisher of World of Tanks and World of Warships. The company was founded in Minsk, but announced that “does not own or operate any business in Russia and Belarus (opens in new tab)“from here.

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