The U.S. Department of Commerce has clarified that it has not blocked sales of AI chips to the Middle East, according to a recent report. The clarification comes after concerns were raised regarding expanded export license requirements for AI chips. The report highlights that both Nvidia and AMD, two major chip manufacturers, may need to obtain licenses before selling their flagship chips to certain Middle Eastern countries. The Biden administration initially implemented export controls in 2022 to curb China’s development of high-level AI systems using U.S. semiconductor chips. The U.S. government’s actions have prompted other countries to consider similar restrictions and regulations on AI-related investments and exports.
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