BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese tech giant Baidu said on Wednesday it had begun mass-producing second-generation Kunlun artificial intelligence (AI) chips, as it races to become a key player in the chip industry which Beijing is trying to strengthen.
Kunlun chips, whose first generation entered mass production in early 2020, have been used mostly by Baidu in smart electric vehicles and cloud computing.
Beijing-based Baidu is considering commercialising its AI chip design capabilities, with the aim of making the Kunlun unit a standalone company, Reuters has reported.
In March, Kunlun completed a round of fundraising that valued the business at about $2 billion.
Baidu also operates another chip unit called Honghu.
(Reporting by Yingzhi Yang and Brenda Goh; Editing by Stephen Coates)