OAKLAND, CA, Nov 7 (Reuters) – U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O) has confirmed it is introducing a new advanced chip in China that complies with recent export control rules aimed at keeping cutting-edge technology out of China. of China’s reach. confirmed by the company. on Monday.
Nvidia responded to a Reuters report that Chinese PC vendors are advertising their products with the new chip.
The chip, called the A800, marks the first reported effort by a US semiconductor company to create advanced processors for China that follow new US trade rules. Nvidia said the export restrictions could cost it hundreds of dollars. million dollars in revenue.
U.S. regulations put in place in early October effectively banned the export of microchips and advanced equipment for producing advanced chips by Chinese chipmakers, as part of an effort to hamper China’s semiconductor industry and thereby army.
In late August, Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices Inc said their advanced chips, including the Nvidia A100 data center chip, had been added to a US Commerce Department export control list. The Nvidia A800 was you can use instead of the A100 and both are GPU or GPU.
“The Nvidia A800 GPU, which entered production in Q3, is another Nvidia A100 GPU replacement product for customers in China. The A800 meets clear US government testing to reduce export controls and cannot be programmed to bypass,” Nvidia said. the spokesman said in a statement to Reuters.
Nvidia declined to comment on whether it was consulting the Commerce Department about the new chip. A Commerce Department spokesman declined to comment.
At least two Chinese websites offer major server manufacturers the A800 chip in their products. One of these products previously used the A100 chip in promotional materials.
The website of a distributor in China has detailed the specifications of the A800. A comparison of the chip’s capabilities with the A100 shows that the chip-to-chip data transfer rate is 400 Gbps on the new chip, down from 600 Gbps on the A100. The new rules limit rates to 600 Gbps and above.
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Basing his comments on specifications shared by Reuters, said Wayne Lamm, an analyst at CCS Insight, noting that eight is a lucky number in China.
“China is an important market for Nvidia and it makes good business sense to reconfigure their product to avoid trade restrictions,” Lam said.
Lam said the A800’s chip-to-chip communication capabilities represent a clear reduction in data center performance, since thousands of chips are used together.
Major Chinese server makers Inspur and H3C, which provide servers with the new chips, did not respond to requests for comment. Neither did chip dealer OmniSky, who posted the A800’s specs online.
Nvidia said about $400 million worth of chip sales to China could take a hit in the fiscal third quarter ending in October due to restrictions on high-quality chips. Getting a replacement chip can help reduce the financial hit. The company will report quarterly results on November 16.