Chinese AI Chip Start-Up Kneron’s Albert Liu Hopes To Benefit From China’s Drive To Grow Own Chip Sector

The ban placed by the U.S. on Chinese telecom company ZTE Corp. and its crippling effect has prompted a great public outcry in China, leading many to call on Beijing to take actions to achieve self-reliance in the semiconductors sector. Private companies are quick to take its cue. From Chinese tech giants including Alibaba Group to start-ups including Cambricon Technologies, DeePhi Tech, Rokid and Mobvoi, Chinese AI companies are "all in chips" nowadays. Entrepreneurs and founders are acutely aware that …

Chinese AI Chip Maker Cambricon Raises Massive Funding Round Led By SDIC Venture

Chinese artificial intelligence chip maker Cambricon Technologies Corp Ltd. has raised a series B round worth several hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars led by SDIC Venture Capital, a subsidiary of state-owned investment holding group China Reform Holdings Corp Ltd, China State-owned Capital Venture Investment Fund and its sub-fund Guoxin Qidi Fund.

SoundAI’s Chang Le: Voice-Controlled Devices Next Battlefield For Digital Traffic

China’s tech giants are waging a price war over smart speakers. But that’s ok with Chang Le, co-founder of Beijing-based start-up SoundAI, who sees it as a sign of market strength. Baidu just released its lower-end smart speaker Xiaodu at a special discount price of RMB89 (US$13.9), the same as Alibaba’s smart speaker Tianmao Jingling (Tmall Genie), and little more than JD.com’s Dingdong, which is selling at a discounted RMB79 (US$12). Chang says the price war is completely understandable because every …