A Russian tech company has noticed something strange about a shipment of chips it received from a Chinese manufacturer. Kommersant (opens in new tab)a Russian daily newspaper devoted to politics and business, translated and reported register (opens in new tab)up to 40% of chips in China are found to be defective.
This represented a 1,900% increase in the failure rate, and while we couldn’t suggest that the two were related, Kommersant noted that the failure rate was 2% before the invasion of Ukraine. I’m here. The newspaper, which is privately owned by pro-Putin billionaire Alisher Usmanov (above) and published its first issue in January 1990, cited an anonymous source in its article, citing the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent of economic sanctions. It was imposed on Russia for compromising supply chains and forcing Russia to import gray market semiconductors in the first place.
Given that many modern devices, and just as importantly, items of military hardware require many different semiconductor products, even a 2% failure rate is bad. 40% of the chips shipped non-functional means that it’s basically impossible to build something without wasting a lot of time and effort testing everything first. I mean
Kommersant, which means businessman, says the sanctions forced major importers to abandon Russia and forced Russian manufacturers to use unlicensed suppliers. Russian companies also lack experience in checking out both suppliers and products before placing bulk orders.
In February of this year, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that the two countries had an “unbounded friendship” with no “prohibited areas” for cooperation. teeth clarified (opens in new tab) disapproved of Russia’s hostilities against Ukraine (in very diplomatic terms), called on Putin to proceed with negotiations, and abstained from a UN resolution condemning the attack rather than voting against it .
Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade told Kommersant that it had not received any information about an increase in the proportion of defective components.