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Baidu and Samsung team up for mass production of AI chip

The Baidu Kunlun chip will cut reliance on foreign-made chips

A Samsung chip plant outside of Seoul: The South Korean group depends on Japanese supplies such as photoresist. (Photo courtesy of the company)

BEIJING - Chinese internet powerhouse Baidu announced Wednesday that it has established a partnership with Samsung Electronics for its first cloud-to-edge artificial intelligence chip Baidu Kunlun, which has been developed and is slated for mass production early next year.

This makes Baidu the second Chinese internet company to launch their in-house developed chips. Alibaba Group Holding debuted its Hanguang 800 in September and has applied it internally in Alibaba's business operations, especially in product search and automatic translation functions on e-commerce sites, personalized recommendations, advertising and intelligent customer services.

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