China’s internet companies launch chip development

China’s internet companies launch chip development

17. March 2021 0 By Horst Buchwald

China’s internet companies launch chip development

Shanghai, 3/17/2021

After the Trump administration ensured that numerous Chinese companies ended up on the blacklist and American chip manufacturers were banned from doing business with China, a powerful jolt went through the Chinese Internet companies and they are now starting their first in-house productions at record speed. Their goal is obvious: never again to be dependent on the USA. Last year, only $22.7 billion of the $143 billion worth of chips sold in China were produced domestically.

Here’s what they’re doing to change that:
TikTok owner ByteDance is feverishly trying to assemble a research team to explore AI chip development for cloud computing.
Baidu wants to bring its AI chip design to market and make Kunlun a standalone company.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. already unveiled a high-performance AI inference chip, the Hanguang 800, in late 2019. Improvements are being worked on.
Tencent – the third Internet giant in the “BAT” (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent) – announced an investment in Shanghai-based Enflame Technology earlier this year; Enflame develops chips that process data for training AI systems.
Chinese AI unicorn SenseTime is also already developing its own AI chips.

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