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In a surprising turn of events, Nvidia, the renowned chip giant, has announced a delay in the launch of its new artificial intelligence (AI) chip, H20. This chip, specifically designed for the Chinese market, was part of Nvidia’s strategy to comply with new export restrictions.

The Announcement of the Delay

Nvidia has informed its customers in China about the postponement of the H20’s launch. Initially, the California-based AI chip giant was expected to launch the new products as early as Nov. 16. However, the processor’s launch has now been pushed back to the first quarter of 2024.

The H20 Chip and Its Counterparts

The H20 is one of three new AI chips that Nvidia is developing. The other two chips, the HGX H20, L20 PCIe and L2 PCIe, were also planned for release. These chips were announced shortly after the US blocked Nvidia from selling two high-end AI chips and a top gaming chip to Chinese firms.

The Impact on the Market

Nvidia has a commanding presence in China’s AI chip market, holding more than a 90% share. The delay in the launch of the new AI chip could potentially create opportunities for domestic firms such as Huawei Technologies to make inroads.

Nvidia’s Financial Outlook

Despite the delay, Nvidia remains optimistic about its financial outlook. The company does not anticipate that the accelerated timing of the licensing requirements will have a near-term meaningful impact on its financial results.

Insiders View

The delay in Nvidia’s new AI chip underscores the challenges that tech companies face in navigating geopolitical tensions. As the situation unfolds, it will be interesting to see how Nvidia and other tech giants adapt their strategies to continue innovating while complying with international regulations