US restrictions on Nvidia graphics processing unit sales to China could hamper the artificial intelligence development, but some see an opportunity to boost efforts in local GPU development. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
US restrictions on Nvidia graphics processing unit sales to China could hamper the artificial intelligence development, but some see an opportunity to boost efforts in local GPU development. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Tech war: Why the US Nvidia chip ban is a direct threat to Beijing’s artificial intelligence ambitions

  • US export restrictions on Nvidia data centre GPUs could hit China’s most powerful artificial intelligence systems, which rely on such chips
  • Industry insiders expect companies to stockpile Nvidia chips before the ban takes effect next year, while carmaker Xpeng says it has years of reserves

US restrictions on Nvidia graphics processing unit sales to China could hamper the artificial intelligence development, but some see an opportunity to boost efforts in local GPU development. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
US restrictions on Nvidia graphics processing unit sales to China could hamper the artificial intelligence development, but some see an opportunity to boost efforts in local GPU development. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
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