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Nvidia plays ‘catch me if you can’ with US chip curbs

U.S. curbs on China have created a game of “catch me if you can” with U.S. chip giant Nvidia and other companies, which affect the interests of both countries and will accelerate Chinese innovation, the Global Times newspaper said on Saturday.

The chip industry newsletter SemiAnalysisas reported earlier that Nvidia plans to release new artificial intelligence chips aimed at the Chinese market less than a month after the U.S. tightened rules on selling high-end AI chips to China.

“The several rounds between Nvidia and the U.S. government are the story of a high-tech enterprise that does legitimate business but encounters strong political interference in free trade, and tries every means to ensure its own survival and development,” the state-controlled newspaper said in a commentary.

“For commercial companies, this is not funny at all, and even a bit sad.”

The U.S. restrictions on chips, which seek to stop China from getting cutting-edge U.S. technologies to strengthen its military, were “not only harmful to China’s interests, but also to the U.S.”, the newspaper said.

“What the U.S. government has done makes normal and legitimate transactions tremble with fear, creating an intense atmosphere in the market,” it said.

Last month, Nvidia, whose graphics processing units (GPUs) dominate the AI market, said new U.S. export restrictions would block sales of two high-end AI chips, the A800 and H800, that it created for the Chinese market last year to comply with previous export rules. Reuters

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