Bits + chips
Highlights of the day: Chinese chipmakers developing AI-based ASICs
DIGITIMES staff

Chinese IT firms have been stepping up efforts developing its own CPUs in line with the country's goal of replacing all foreign firms-made computers in use in government and military sectors with locally-made ones. Chinese chipmakers are also developing HPC chips for AI and deep learning applications with the goal of volume producing them in 2021. The development in China is promising big challenges to the US vendors, such as Intel, who have been dominanting forces in the IT hardware market. But one thing seems to remain unchanged: the hardware manufacturing sector in Taiwan is as important as always, with the Chinese ASIC developers already trying to secure capacity from Taiwan's semiconductor backend service providers. Meanwhile, Corning is also seeking inspiration from Taiwan's startups. Corning Taiwan has set up an accelerator helping startup businesses develop innovative applications of its technologies and materials.

China keen on developing AI-based ASICs: Chinese chipmakers are revving up development of HPC (high performance computing) chips for AI and deep learning applications, which are expected to become available for volume production in 2021, and they are already asking backend firms from Taiwan for support, according to industry sources.

Corning Taiwan partners with university to set up startup accelerator: Corning Display Technologies Taiwan has partnered with Taidah Entrepreneurship Center under National Taiwan University (TEC NTU) to set up an accelerator to help startups develop innovative applications using the company's materials and technologies.

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