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[FYI] Defense bill could stifle computer trade


Defense bill could stifle computer trade

Last modified: July 1, 2004, 4:00 AM PDT

By Robert Lemos
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

In a move that has re-energized the debate over export controls on 
high-performance computers, the latest version of a defense-spending 
bill would require companies to seek licenses to export even 
underpowered desktop computers.  


Today, computer sellers are required to get a license to export any 
computer with performance equal to or greater than a system with 32 
Intel Itanium processors. The current version of the defense 
authorization act would lower that limit to systems deemed 
"militarily critical" by the Department of Defense. That level is 
currently set to the equivalent of a computer using a Pentium 3 
processor running at 650MHz, state of the art in 1999 but considered 
feeble today.  



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