Nvidia offers new advanced chip for China that meets U.S. export controls
U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O) said on Monday that it is selling a new sophisticated chip in China that complies with new export control restrictions designed to prevent China from acquiring sensitive technology.
In response to a Reuters article claiming that Chinese computer vendors are promoting goods including the new technology, Nvidia issued the following statement.
The A800 chip is the first attempt known to have been made by a U.S. semiconductor firm to develop cutting-edge processors for China in compliance with new U.S. trade restrictions. According to Nvidia, the restrictions on exports may cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Reuters: OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 7. On Monday, U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O) verified the availability of a new sophisticated chip in China that complies with new export control restrictions designed to prevent China from acquiring cutting-edge technology.
In response to Reuters’s allegation that Chinese computer vendors are promoting goods containing the new chip, Nvidia released a statement.
The A800 chip is the first documented attempt by a U.S. semiconductor business to develop high-performance processors for the Chinese market in compliance with new U.S. trade restrictions. According to Nvidia, the restrictions on exports may cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars.
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In an attempt to cripple China’s semiconductor sector and, by extension, the military, the United States issued new laws at the beginning of October that essentially outlawed the export of sophisticated microchips and equipment to build advanced chips by Chinese chipmakers.
The U.S. Commerce Department placed Nvidia’s data centre chip A100 and other sophisticated processors on the export control list in late August, the companies said. The Nvidia A800 is a suitable replacement for the A100 since it is also a graphics processing unit (GPU).
Each of these high-tech chips might cost several thousand dollars.
“The Nvidia A800 GPU, which began mass production in the third quarter of 2018, provides Chinese consumers with yet another option to the Nvidia A100 GPU. The A800 satisfies the unambiguous criteria set by the U.S. government for relaxed export controls and cannot be altered to fail the test “an official from Nvidia stated in a statement.
When asked whether it contacted the Commerce Department about the new microprocessor, Nvidia refused to answer. A representative from the Commerce Department was unwilling to provide any more information.
At least two major Chinese server manufacturers’ online stores advertise A800-based hardware. The A100 chip was originally advertised with one of those goods.
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