U.S. Gives Nvidia the Green Light to Develop Flagship AI Chip

U.S. Gives Nvidia the Green Light to Develop Flagship AI Chip
U.S. Gives Nvidia the Green Light to Develop Flagship AI Chip

NVIDIA, the company behind graphics cards used by the world’s top gamers, just received some good news from the Trump administration — it will be allowed to export technology needed to develop its next generation of chips dedicated to artificial intelligence.

U.S. Gives Nvidia the Green Light to Develop Flagship AI Chip

The green light from the U.S. government means the company can now move forward with the development of its new line of Volta V100 chips and pave the way toward faster GPUs that will help drive AI-based solutions in fields such as self-driving cars and medical imaging systems, among others. The U.S.

An American-Made Chip

Nvidia is a global company and as such our deep involvement in China is only natural, Jensen Huang, Nvidia's CEO, said in a statement in February. Huang added that the company plans on selling its chips to Chinese customers as well as domestic ones. 

Nvidia might not have been so keen on selling EMDs outside of America had it not secured assurances from Beijing of nondiscriminatory treatment for the firm in China, and if it did not see rising opportunities there over time because many artificial intelligence systems are designed to be interchangeable across geographical boundaries and functions.

U.S. Will Gain a New Role in Accelerating AI Advancements

  • The US government has allowed Nvidia to export emerging memory devices or EMDs, which are integrated circuits (ICs) specifically designed for data-intensive artificial intelligence and deep learning tasks.
  • The US trade ban on these types of ICs is not as extensive as it seems at first glance. Previous legislation had already allowed EMD exports if they were classified as unclassified technology under NATO trade guidelines, and so don’t have military implications that would make them contraband under World Trade Organization rules or illegal under US law. 
  • In other words, exporters must use those ICs in a non-military capacity—a restriction that naturally includes the burgeoning AI industry.
  • The only catch?

This Allows American Companies To Compete with China

Nvidia recently disclosed a breakthrough in how it has created an integrated circuit (IC) that speeds up artificial intelligence calculations and can outperform chips made by rivals Intel and AMD, while also being significantly more power-efficient.

This allows American companies like Nvidia to compete with China on advanced hardware for servers and smartphones, which until now has been largely dominated by Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd

Win For Businesses

China is a valuable export market for American goods, especially in technology. So, when Beijing released a list of hundreds of U.S. companies from Cisco to General Electric that would be banned from exporting their products there, President Trump said no more - and gave Taiwan-based tech company, Nvidia Corporation clearance to build its flagship AI chip for export abroad

Win For Consumers

This green light could open up a huge chunk of the world's most advanced high-performance computing market, giving U.S. firms a crucial edge, says Sam Jaffe, general partner at Madrona Venture Group and head of Intel's artificial intelligence program before his retirement in 2016.

Encouraging Innovation

  1. The US Commerce Department has granted a license to chipmaker Nvidia, which will enable it to import goods and services related to the design and manufacture of certain chipsets, parts, or tools for military use by Boeing that are subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
  2. The decision comes as it became apparent that some of these goods and services were no longer available in Russia after new export regulations were put into place. As a result, this agreement safeguards ITAR access so that critical technological innovations can continue moving forward in state-of-the-art technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  3. Access will also help Boeing maintain competitiveness as they gear up for production on their next generation 737 MAX airplanes.

Who makes Nvidia chips

Nvidia designs, manufactures, and markets a variety of programmable graphics processing units (GPUs), which can also be incorporated into general-purpose and specialized computing devices. The company operates its business through two segments: GPU and Tegra Processor & Services; and was founded in 1993. It's headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 11,000 people. 

They've partnered with Google for cloud-based graphic processing on virtual screens like Chromebooks and Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, as well as with Microsoft for Xbox One game consoles that are powered by Nvidia's latest Tegra chipsets among other partners from various markets like cars (Intel) health care (GE Healthcare), enterprise computing (IBM).

SOURCE : Yasoquiz

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