NVIDIA will release a slower version of the gaming chip in China to comply with US export controls
US chip giant NVIDIA is set to launch a tweaked version of its gaming processor in China with lower performance to comply with US export restrictions. This is reported by CNBC.
A product page on NVIDIA’s website for Chinese consumers shows that the new Nvidia RTX 4090D, which a representative says will be released in January, has 11% fewer CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) cores than versions of the chip sold outside of China .
RTX is NVIDIA’s line of advanced gaming GPUs or GPUs. The company’s CUDA architecture is essentially the GPU equivalent of CPU cores, which are processors.
A company representative told Reuters that the chip was “designed to fully comply with US government export controls”. He also added that NVIDIA “cooperated extensively with the US government” during the development of the specified product.
Washington has imposed export restrictions on China that prevent companies in the country from accessing some of the most advanced chips from American firms. The export restrictions are aimed primarily at chips for AI applications, but gaming processors are also in the firing line, as many can also be used with AI.
The Nvidia RTX 4090 has been added to a list of banned US-made chips, according to a statement from the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 17. On its website, NVIDIA said that the RTX 4090D chip uses AI to improve performance.
Shares of NVIDIA rose in 2023 (year-to-date more than tripled). The company benefited from the rapid demand for artificial intelligence. Thanks in large part to the huge hype generated by OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot.
ProIT previously reported that Intel’s Meteor Lake processor suddenly became more than 10% faster after a BIOS update.
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