Chinese tech giant Baidu said on Wednesday it has begun mass production of second-generation Kunlun artificial intelligence (AI) chips, as it races to become a major player in the chip industry, which Beijing is trying to consolidate. doing.
The new generation of Kunlun AI chips achieved peak computational efficiencies two to three times compared to the previous generation using 7nm process technology, Baidu said in a statement.
Kunlun chips, whose first generation entered mass production in early 2020, have been used mostly by Baidu in smart electric vehicles and cloud computing.
Chinese tech giants are stepping up efforts to design their own chips in a sign of China’s ambition to reduce its dependence on foreign producers such as Qualcomm and Nvidia.
US sanctions imposed on hardware maker Huawei have barred the Chinese telecom giant from sourcing components including semiconductors, crippling its smartphone business.
Beijing-based Baidu is looking to commercialize its AI chip design capabilities, aiming to make the Kunlun unit a standalone company, Reuters has reported.
In March, Kunlun completed a round of fundraising, with a turnover of about $2 billion (about Rs 14,850 crore).
Baidu also operates another chip unit called Honghu.
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