There’s No AI Without Nvidia. Meet the CEO Powering the Future

How huge is your concern that these constraints will spur China to spin up aggressive AI chips?

China has issues which might be aggressive.

Right. This isn’t data-center scale, however the Huawei Mate 60 smartphone that got here out final yr bought some consideration for its homegrown 7-nanometer chip.

Really, actually good firm. They’re restricted by no matter semiconductor processing expertise they’ve, however they’ll nonetheless have the ability to construct very massive techniques by aggregating lots of these chips collectively.

How involved are you basically, although, that China will have the ability to match the US in generative AI?

The regulation will restrict China’s skill to entry state-of-the-art expertise, which suggests the Western world, the international locations not restricted by the export management, could have entry to significantly better expertise, which is shifting pretty quick. So I believe the limitation places a number of price burden on China. You can at all times, technically, mixture extra of the chipmaking techniques to do the job. But it simply will increase the fee per unit on these. That’s in all probability the simplest manner to consider it.

Does the truth that you’re constructing compliant chips to maintain promoting in China have an effect on your relationship with TSMC, Taiwan’s semiconductor pleasure and pleasure?

No. A regulation is particular. It’s no completely different than a velocity restrict.

You’ve mentioned fairly a number of instances that of the 35,000 elements which might be in your supercomputer, eight are from TSMC. When I hear that, I believe that have to be a tiny fraction. Are you downplaying your reliance on TSMC?

No, in no way. Not in any respect.

So what level are you making an attempt to make with that?

I’m merely emphasizing that to be able to construct an AI supercomputer, a complete lot of different elements are concerned. In reality, in our AI supercomputers, nearly the complete semiconductor trade companions with us. We already companion very carefully with Samsung, SK Hynix, Intel, AMD, Broadcom, Marvell, and so forth and so forth. In our AI supercomputers, once we succeed, a complete bunch of corporations succeed with us, and we’re delighted by that.

How typically do you speak to Morris Chang or Mark Liu at TSMC?

All the time. Continuously. Yeah. Continuously.

What are your conversations like?

These days we speak about superior packaging, planning for capability for the approaching years, for superior computing capability. CoWoS [TSMC’s proprietary method for cramming chip dies and memory modules into a single package] requires new factories, new manufacturing strains, new gear. So their help is absolutely, actually fairly vital.

I lately had a dialog with a generative-AI-focused CEO. I requested who Nvidia’s rivals may be down the highway, and this particular person instructed Google’s TPU. Other individuals point out AMD. I think about it’s not such a binary to you, however who do you see as your greatest competitor? Who retains you up at evening?

Lauren, all of them do. The TPU group is extraordinary. The backside line is, the TPU group is absolutely nice, the AWS Trainium group and the AWS Inferentia group are actually extraordinary, actually wonderful. Microsoft has their inner ASIC growth that’s ongoing, known as Maia. Every cloud service supplier in China is constructing inner chips, after which there’s a complete bunch of startups which might be constructing nice chips, in addition to current semiconductor corporations. Everybody’s constructing chips.