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Nvidia will release three new AI chips in China

by on09 November 2023

Will get around US regulations

Nvidia is planning to release three new chips for China, weeks after the US blocked it from selling two high-end artificial intelligence (AI) chips and one of its top gaming chips to Chinese companies.

The STAR Market Daily news outlet said that the chips are called the HGX H20, L20 PCIe and L2 PCIe and that Nvidia could announce them on 16 November.

Nvidia is saying nothing about the announcement, but it can be safely assumed that they will get comply with US law. 

Last month, the AI chip giant said new export restrictions announced by Washington would block it from selling two of its modified advanced AI chips — the A800 and H800 — both of which were created for the Chinese market last year to comply with previous export rules.

One of the company's top-of-the-line gaming chips, the L40S chip, which it announced in August, would also be affected, it said.

Nvidia has more than 90 per cent share of China's $7 billion AI chip market, and analysts have said the US curbs are likely to create opportunities for domestic firms such as Huawei Technologies to make inroads. Already Huawei appears to have done just that.

Chinese internet giant Baidu placed a sizeable order for Huawei AI chips this year, sources have said. One said Baidu had done so before the US curbs were announced as it was preparing for a future when it would no longer be able to purchase from Nvidia.


Last modified on 09 November 2023
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