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Tweaked Nvidia Chips Developed for China under US Export Laws

The US export control rules aim to keep the latest technology out of Chinese reach

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Aditya Saikrishna
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UNITED STATES: In order to keep cutting-edge technology out of Chinese hands, US chip maker Nvidia Corp has introduced an advanced chip in China that meets recent US export controls.

Numerous news portals recently reported that Chinese computer sellers are promoting products with the new chip. The company reacted to the reports issued by the media.

Nvidia responded to the report

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A800 is the first chip reported to be developed for China by the US semiconductor company under the latest US trade rules. As a result of the export restrictions, the company may lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

In early October, US regulations effectively banned Chinese chipmakers from exporting advanced microchips and equipment to produce advanced chips, a move designed to cripple China’s semiconductor industry.

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Amid the threat of a trade war, Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices announced in late August that their advanced chips, including Nvidia’s A100 data centre chip, have been listed on the export control list by the US Commerce Department.

The Nvidia A800 replaces the A100. Advanced graphic processing chips can cost thousands of dollars per piece. Another alternative to the Nvidia A100 GPU for Chinese customers is the A800 GPU, which went into production in Q3.

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In a statement provided to the media, a spokesperson from Nvidia stated, “The A800 cannot be programmed to exceed the US Government’s clear test for reduced export control.”

At least two major server manufacturers’ promotions for products on Chinese websites feature the A800 chip. Previously, the A100 chip was used in promotional materials for one of these products.

The A800’s specifications were described in detail on a distributor’s website in China. The new A800 chip’s data transfer rate is 400GB per second, down from 600GB per second on the A100, according to a comparison of the two chips’ capabilities. The new regulations prohibit rates of up to 600 gigabytes per second.

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