NVIDIA’s new H20 accelerator for the Chinese market is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2024

NVIDIA’s new H20 accelerator for the Chinese market is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2024

NVIDIA planned to release its new computing accelerators in China, adapted to the export restrictions introduced by the American authorities in October, already in November. However, according to Reuters sources, the launch of these accelerators on the Chinese market will be delayed until at least the second quarter of this year.

We will remind you that it was previously predicted that due to the US sanctions against China, the NVIDIA company will lose orders worth up to $5 billion. Obviously, the release of new models is an attempt to adapt to the new requirements of the American administration, but at the same time to continue working in a market that is profitable for the company.

In December, NVIDIA already started supplying the Chinese market with a modified GeForce RTX 4090D gaming graphics adapter, which takes into account the US export restrictions introduced in October. According to some data, Chinese manufacturers modified full-fledged GeForce RTX 4090s to use them as computing accelerators at their own peril. This could be the reason for NVIDIA’s decision to stop supplying the original version of the GeForce RTX 4090 to China.

Initially, there were delays in the release of the H20, L20 and L2 models due to the difficulties of integrating them into the server equipment of Chinese manufacturers. NVIDIA representatives claimed that despite these delays, new accelerators will be introduced in China. The company seeks to avoid possible claims from the US authorities and carefully coordinates the specifications of the devices with regulators.

Reuters notes that in the second quarter NVIDIA plans to start production of the oldest model of the latest accelerators for the Chinese market – H20. Deliveries will be made in small batches for the company’s main customers. There is no information yet on the availability of the weaker L20 and L2 models. It is known that not all Chinese AI developers are willing to buy these accelerators in large quantities due to concerns about their performance limitations. Some prefer to give preference to local developments, especially in the context of current sanctions.

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