People walked previous the Tencent sales space on 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 primary time the Chinese web big has publicly spoken about its progress in semiconductors.

It comes as China continues to try to bolster its home chip business, making it a strategic precedence for the nation’s expertise sector.

Tencent, one of many world’s largest gaming corporations and the operator of China’s hottest messaging service WeChat, has been investing in areas together with chips and cloud computing to diversify its enterprise.

One of the semiconductors is a synthetic intelligence chip referred to as Zixiao. The chip is ready to course of pictures, video and pure language, which might be used for AI voice assistants, for instance, that depend on the power for computer systems to grasp and course of human language.

However, Chinese corporations are solely designing their very own chips. Manufacturing and different elements of the provision chain nonetheless rely closely on international corporations, which is a problem to China’s home ambitions.

Tencent didn’t reveal which corporations have been manufacturing the silicon.

“Chips are the core a part of {hardware} and the core infrastructure of the economic web,” Dowson Tong, the CEO of Tencent’s cloud and sensible business group mentioned in an official WeChat submit by the corporate.

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