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Alibaba unveils first microchip as China aims for self-sufficiency

Open-source design seen as beyond reach of US sanctions

Alibaba’s new processor could help it to follow in the footsteps of Britain’s Arm Holdings.

HONG KONG/TAIPEI -- Alibaba Group Holding has unveiled its first self-designed microprocessor, potentially marking a key step in China's efforts to promote chip self-sufficiency amid clashes with the U.S. over access to technology.

The new processor could be adopted by Chinese device makers to power smart speakers, self-driving cars or other internet-connected equipment requiring high-performance computing, Alibaba said at an event on Thursday.

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