US limits chip sales to Russia and China – media – RT Business News

Restrictions have been imposed on high-end semiconductors used to power supercomputers and artificial intelligence

Washington has imposed restrictions on the sale of certain high-tech computer chips to Russia and China, several American media reported on Thursday, citing two major American chipmakers, Nvidia and AMD.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the new limits apply to graphics processing unit, or GPU, chips initially developed for video games but quickly adopted by companies operating supercomputers, as well as scientists and technology companies that have them. need to recognize speech and objects in photographs.

Washington says US chip producers will now need special export licenses to sell these types of chips because, due to their specifications, they can be used by Russia and China for weapons development and collection. information.

Nvidia and AMD acknowledged the new restrictions in statements Wednesday. While AMD said the ban was unlikely to affect its business, Nvidia warned it could interfere with the development of its new flagship chip. Shares of both companies fell after Wednesday night’s news.

According to New York Times sources, a number of other companies that make chips or design computer software have received demands from US authorities in recent weeks to stop exporting their high-end technologies to China and Russia. .

Beijing has criticized Washington’s move, with Commerce Ministry spokesman Shu Jueting saying on Thursday that it affects the rights and interests of Chinese companies, while jeopardizing the stability of global industrial and supply chains. .

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