China’s Tencent launches three new chips

 China’s Tencent launches three new chips

People walked past the Tencent booth at the China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing on Sept. 6, 2020.

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GUANGZHOU, China — Tencent on Wednesday launched three chips it developed, marking the first time the Chinese internet giant has publicly spoken about its progress in semiconductors.

It comes as China continues to try and bolster its domestic chip industry, making it a strategic priority for the country’s technology sector.

Tencent, one of the world’s largest gaming companies and the operator of China’s most popular messaging service WeChat, has been investing in areas including chips and cloud computing to diversify its business.

One of the semiconductors is an artificial intelligence chip called Zixiao. The chip is able to process images, video and natural language, which could be used for AI voice assistants, for example, that rely on the ability for computers to understand and…

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