The Daily Populous

Thursday September 1st, 2022 day edition

image for U.S. officials order Nvidia to halt sales of top AI chips to China

An AMD spokesman told Reuters it had received new license requirements that will stop its MI250 artificial intelligence chips from being exported to China but it believes its MI100 chips will not be affected.

Nvidia said U.S. officials told it the new rule "will address the risk that products may be used in, or diverted to, a 'military end use' or 'military end user' in China.".

The logo of technology company Nvidia is seen at its headquarters in Santa Clara, California February 11, 2015.

This is not the first time the U.S. has moved to choke off Chinese firms' supply of chips.

Nvidia said it had booked $400 million in sales of the affected chips this quarter to China that could be lost if firms decide not to buy alternative Nvidia products.

Stacy Rasgon, a financial analyst with Bernstein, said the disclosure signaled that about 10% of Nvidia's data center sales were coming from China and that the hit to sales was likely "manageable" for Nvidia.

Nvidia last week forecast a sharp drop in revenue for the current quarter on the back of a weaker gaming industry. »

Democrat Mary Peltola wins special election in Alaska, defeating Palin

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ANCHORAGE — Democrat Mary Peltola has won a special election for the U.S. House in Alaska, defeating Republican Sarah Palin and becoming the first Alaska Native to win a seat in Congress as well as the first woman to clinch the state’s at-large district.

National Democratic groups did not participate in the special election race even as Peltola was outraised by Palin, according to federal campaign finance reports.

correction A previous version of this story inaccurately said the winner of the Alaska special election would serve until November. »

California passes bill to protect workers who smoke pot off the clock

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California could soon become the seventh state in the United States to protect pot-smoking employees.

The bill would not apply to other tests that might determine whether an employee is currently high.

Currently, six other states — Connecticut, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island — have enacted laws that protect employees who smoke marijuana at home and while off the clock. »