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Development of Major Chinese AI Chip Startups

Development of Major Chinese AI Chip Startups

With increased complexity of AI (Artificial Intelligence) modules, AI chip performance has played a key role in the widespread adoption of AI technology and has thus become the focus of future development in the chip industry. China will not let this opportunity slip away since AI has been a key development trend in China’s industry. Apart from existing players, startups are also making a big push into AI chip development. Backed by government policies, venture firms’ funding, and domestic market demand, startups have accumulated solid technological competencies and made significant achievements in AI applications, while continuing to develop advanced technology. This report analyzes the development of Chinese AI chip startups in terms of the background of their founders, fundraising status, product portfolios, and application areas to provide insights into Chinese vendors’ technological capabilities and deployment plans.


  • BACKGROUND
    • Table Chinese AI Chip Startups (by Year of Establishment)
  • FOUNDER BACKGROUND AND FUNDRAISING STATUS
    • Founder Background: Industry Experience Facilitates Product Commercialization
      • Table Background of Startup Founders
    • Fundraising Status: Several Startups Secure More than US$1 Million in Funding
      • Table Startups' Fundraising Status
  • PRODUCT TYPES, PATENTS, AND APPLICATION AREAS
    • Product Types: Focus on ASIC
      • Table Chinese AI Chip Vendors by Product Type
      • New Computing Architecture: Focus on In-memory Computing and Neuromorphic Chips
        • Table Chips with New Architecture by Chinese AI Chip Vendors
      • ASIC: Focus on 28nm Chips for Entry-level and Mid-range Markets
        • Table Comparison of Chinese AI Chip Startups' ASIC Chips
      • Algorithm + ASIC: Focus on Image Recognition and Enhanced Intelligent Functions of Edge Devices
        • Table Comparison of Chips by Chinese AI Chip Startups
    • Patent Portfolio: Focus on Voice and Image Recognition
    • Application Areas: Focus on Security Surveillance and Smart Home
      • Table Applications Targeted by Chinese AI Chip Startups
  • MIC PERSPECTIVE
    • Venture Capital Provides Strong Support for Developing
    • China Has Great Potential in New Chip Architecture and Voice Recognition Technology Development
    • Security Surveillance Market as Testing Ground with Smart Retail and Autonomous Cars as Next Focuses
  • APPENDIX
    • Glossary of Terms
    • List of Companies

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