SAN FRANCISCO, California – As the debate over U.S. export controls on semiconductors to China continues, Nvidia’s quarterly earnings report on Tuesday is expected to shed light on the impact of these restrictions on the chipmaker’s business.
Despite concerns over the effects of U.S. restrictions on sales of advanced processors to China, Nvidia’s stock market valuation has fluctuated, losing and then regaining about $200 billion since the Biden administration’s announcement in mid-October. This was equivalent to the entire market capitalization of Intel, hitting an all-time high last week, valuing the company at $1.2 trillion.
The company has stated that the controls would not have a “near-term meaningful impact” on its business. And while China accounts for up to 25 percent of sales in Nvidia’s data center business, it is confident that the additional restrictions will not significantly impact its financial results.
Nvidia’s attempts to bypass US restrictions on its chip sales in China with new processors, including the H800 and the newly reported H20, have raised questions about whether these modifications will meet the demands of Chinese customers for AI chips, or if they will result in Chinese companies shifting their focus to domestic alternatives.
Chinese tech giants Tencent and Alibaba suggested that they may not be able to rely on new chips from Nvidia to train their AI models and are considering increasing their focus on domestic alternatives, with Huawei seen as a potential beneficiary.
Despite concerns about the impact of the new controls, some analysts believe that Nvidia’s business may not suffer in the near term, as demand for its AI processors continues to outstrip supply in other parts of the world.
The impact of the U.S. export controls on Nvidia remains a key point of interest for investors and industry observers, as the chipmaker’s earnings report is expected to provide clarity on the company’s performance amid the evolving landscape of U.S.-China trade restrictions.