U.S. revises chip export rules to China, GeForce RTX 4090D likely to be affected

U.S. revises chip export rules to China, GeForce RTX 4090D likely to be affected

NVIDIA will reportedly not be allowed to export RTX 4090D AD102 GPUs to China

U.S. Department of Commerce is revising the requirements for export license. 

GeForce RTX 4090D, Source: NVIDIA China

As per Reuters, the US government is updating regulations concerning the export of chipmaking tools, AI accelerators, and high-performance semiconductor chips to China. This move signifies a tightening of restrictions on recent releases, with the new rules set to become even stricter.

Scheduled to be implemented on Thursday, April 4th, the document outlining the revisions has been accessible since March 29th. Spanning 166 pages, the PDF lays out the specific types of chips permissible for export and integration into various devices, such as laptops. The Department of Commerce, responsible for export controls, published the draft document as seen below:

New rules, Source: Department of Commerce

As reported by Icedeal, the updated regulations now mandate a licensing requirement for components, as well as computers, that surpass 70 TeraFLOPS of compute performance.

For all destinations, except those countries in Country Group E:1 or E:2 of Supplement No. 1 to part 740 of the EAR, no license is required (NLR) for computers with an “Adjusted Peak Performance” (“APP”) not exceeding 70 Weighted TeraFLOPS (WT) and for “electronic
assemblies” described in 4A003.c that are not capable of exceeding an “Adjusted Peak Performance” (“APP”) exceeding 70 Weighted TeraFLOPS (WT) in aggregation, except certain transfers as set forth in § 746.3 (Iraq).

This in particular affects RTX 4090D graphics card which has single-precision compute power of 73.5 TFLOPS and NVIDIA H20 (Hopper) data-center accelerator featuring 74 TFLOPS.

The new regulations also remove and revise some restrictions, such as adopting a presumption of denial policy for China, Macau and other countries in a group “D5”. The United States will also implement case-by-case review when it comes to AI chips exports to China.

According to South China Morning Post, Beijing expressed its opposition to the revised controls announced last Friday, criticizing the US government for unilaterally altering regulations and infringing upon the rights of both Chinese and American companies. The representative from China’s Ministry of Commerce has said that the move not only creates additional hurdles for normal economic and trade collaboration between Chinese and US firms, increasing compliance burdens, but also adversely affects the global semiconductor industry.

The newly revised rules will take effect on April 4th, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Source: Department of Commerce via @Olrak29_


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