White House official says details on AI chip export rule coming soon




  • In Politics
  • 2022-09-30 18:19:39Z
  • By Reuters
 

By Stephen Nellis

(Reuters) - The Biden administration could shed more light on a possible new rule for exporting high-performance artificial intelligence chips to China "relatively soon," a White House official said Friday.

Tarun Chhabra, an official with the National Security Council who focuses on technology issues, said letters sent from the U.S. Department of Commerce to Nvidia Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc last month asking them to stop shipments of chips that can be used for applications like natural language processing and nuclear weapons research were likely precursors to further regulation.

Speaking at an speaking at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution, he did not say what form that regulation might take.

"They tend to be followed by a public rule or regulation, laying out a rationale and the full approach," Chabbra said of the letters. "I think we will be in a position to say more about that relatively soon."

Reuters reported earlier this month that the U.S. Commerce is preparing curbs on exporting AI chips that could be released as soon as October.

The news on Sept. 1 that the chip companies had received letters caused Nvidia's stock to fall after the company disclosed the letters could affect as much as $400 million in revenue in its current fiscal quarter.

American officials did not spell out how the new restrictions might be written.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said earlier this month that the letters spelled out curbs on chips with a combination of a chip's performance and its ability to connect to other chips to move large amounts of data around a data center quickly, criteria that affected only a small number of Nvidia's products.

In his remarks on Friday, Chabbra confirmed that the restrictions affect only the most advanced chips and are "structured as a combination of computing power but also interconnect speed."

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Frances Kerry)

COMMENTS

More Related News

Biden notches political, policy and diplomacy wins to cap year
Biden notches political, policy and diplomacy wins to cap year

The latest Biden win came Thursday, with the news that WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from a Russian penal colony in a high-profile prisoner...

As Funding Crunch Looms, Democrats Prepare Plan B
As Funding Crunch Looms, Democrats Prepare Plan B

The House passed a pair of big bills Thursday, but bipartisan talks on funding the government through the rest of fiscal year 2023 remain at an impasse, with...

How the Brittney Griner prisoner swap with Russia was done
How the Brittney Griner prisoner swap with Russia was done

The US and Russia were willing to talk despite worsening relations - but there were limits to the deal.

Prisoner swap negotiations with Russia over Brittney Griner were
Prisoner swap negotiations with Russia over Brittney Griner were 'painstaking, extraordinary'

Brittney Griner's release followed months of negotiations between the Biden administration and Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime.

OnPolitics: Same-sex marriage bill affirming rights heads to Biden after House passage
OnPolitics: Same-sex marriage bill affirming rights heads to Biden after House passage

The Respect for Marriage Act is headed to President Joe Biden's desk after garnering bipartisan support in both congressional chambers.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics