China startups in push to put AI chip in any device

Jan 25, 2018, 6:37 AM EST
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After years of lagging behind in the semiconductor business, Chinese chipmakers seek to pounce on the opportunity that comes with the artificial intelligence boom.

Researchers at Tsinghua University in Beijing are working on an AI chip, named Thinker, which is designed to be integrated in a wide range of gadgets including smartphones, watches, robots, etc., notes MIT Technology Review.

Another Hong Kong-based AI company, SenseTime Group, has bagged an undisclosed funding from U.S. mobile chip giant Qualcomm Technologies, a development that will boost its efforts to develop and market the “brains’ of the next generation smart devices, notes South China Morning Post.