NVIDIA has modified its H100 professional GPUs to export to China. According to the company, the modified H800 chips comply with all US export restrictions. A Reuters source in China said that the H800 compared to the H100 has almost half the data rate.
Last year, US regulators put in place rules preventing NVIDIA from selling the advanced A100 and newer H100 processors to China on grounds of national security. Such processors are crucial for the development of generative AI technologies.
Earlier it was reported that NVIDIA has developed a chip called the A800 (a “stripped down” version of the A100), whose parameters make it possible to export it to China. On Tuesday, the company said it had similarly modified the H100 processor for export to China. Dubbed the H800, the new chip is being used by divisions of Chinese tech companies such as Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent, a company spokesman said.
“For young startups, many of which are now building large language models and jumping into the generative AI revolution, they can look forward to Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu having great cloud experiences with NVIDIA AI,” CEO Jensen Huang said today. .
Last fall, U.S. regulators imposed export regulations aimed at slowing China’s development in key technology sectors such as semiconductors and artificial intelligence in an effort to thwart efforts to modernize China’s military.
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