The Biden Administration has reinforced measures to curb the semiconductor exports of U.S. chipmakers to China, effectively plugging regulatory loopholes identified last year.
This move enhances the stipulations set forth by the U.S. Commerce Department, which unveiled stringent export control rules that were first established in October 2022. The revised regulations will block some AI chips beneath the existing technical parameters. Additionally, companies will now be required to declare shipments of certain other products. These fresh limitations will bolster the effectiveness of American controls and limit ways to circumvent these restrictions further.
This prohibition is part of a broad legal and financial policy strategy to promote U.S. national security, especially considering heightened competition with China. These unprecedented measures are intended to constrain Beijing’s technological and military ambitions. The initiative seeks to halt supplies of critical technology to China that could be utilized across various sectors, including advanced computing and the production of weaponry.
These heightened restrictions on tech exports to China coincide with American efforts to ease strained relations between the two largest global economies. This shift in policy toward China heralds a significant turn in U.S.-China tech diplomacy.
Last year, government restrictions prevented the Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) from shipping two of its most technologically advanced AI chips to Chinese customers – chips recognized as an industry-standard in developing chatbots and similar AI systems.
However, NVDA quickly adapted by releasing new, less sophisticated variants for the Chinese market that complied with U.S. export controls. They created the H800 semiconductor chip to replace the previously banned H100 for China, along with the development of the A800 to replace the A100 for Chinese firms. The H800 boasts comparable computing power to the company’s more potent H100 chip in specific AI capacities, albeit with some performance limitations.
However, according to NVDA’s recent SEC filing, these restrictions apply to several of the company’s chips, including the A100, A800, H100, H800, L40, L40S, and RTX 4090. This affects all systems sold with these chips, including their DGX and HGX systems.
Previously, in June, NVDA’s CFO Colette Kress downplayed the impact of the potential export restrictions, asserting that they would not yield an “immediate financial impact” but that subsequent limitations, unexpected at the time, “would have an immediate material impact on our financial results.”
The U.S. chipmaker is at risk of losing $5 billion worth of…
Continue reading at INO.com