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Top 10 China IC – AI chip manufacturers

Top 10 China AI Chip Manufacturers

In recent years, the artificial intelligence industry has experienced explosive growth, and the development of AI technology is inseparable from the promotion of AI chips. AI chips are also known as AI accelerators or computing cards, which are modules dedicated to processing a large number of computing tasks in artificial intelligence applications (other non-computing tasks are still handled by the CPU). At present, AI chips are mainly divided into GPU, FPGA, and ASIC.

Six years after Li Shishi and Alpha Dog’s man-machine war, artificial intelligence has become more and more popular, penetrating into all walks of life and causing new changes in the industry. In this article we will list the top 10 AI chip manufacturers in China.

1. Horizon

horizonEstablished: 2015-07-14
Location: Beijing, China

Company Profile:

Beijing Horizon Robotics Technology was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Beijing with offices in Shenzhen and other locations. Horizon is the global leader in edge AI silicon. Horizon develops its own edge AI chips and solutions to provide fully open and empowering services for smart driving and a wider range of general AI applications. Currently, Horizon is the only company in China that has achieved mass production of automotive-grade AI chips for mass production(chip manufacturer provides all the chips for cars directly).

Based on its innovative AI-specific computing architecture BPU (Brain Processing Unit), Horizon has successfully mass-produced(Small quantity → testing → mass production) China’s first edge AI chips – Journey 1 for smart driving and Sunrise 1 for AIoT. In 2019, Horizon has launched Journey 2, China’s first automotive-grade AI chip, and Sunrise 2, a next-generation AIoT intelligent application acceleration engine.

Horizon provides a complete solution of “chip + algorithm IP + development platform” to industry customers. In the field of intelligent driving, Horizon has deepened its business ties with the four major global automotive markets (US, Germany, Japan and China), and its current partners include Changan, Hongqi, Audi, SAIC, GAC, BYD, Faurecia, Bosch, etc.

Main business:

Automotive-grade AI chips; Underlying Computing Platform

Recent news:

On July 5, 2021, Journey 5 chip successfully passed the SGS-TÜV ISO 26262 ASIL-B Ready functional safety product certification. in April 2022, Horizon passed the ASPICE CL2 level certification, and also passed the TÜV Rheinland ISO/SAE 21434 automotive cybersecurity management system certification Cyber security management. management. In addition, in the same month, BYD and Horizon officially announced a fixed-point cooperation, and some of the marketed models will be equipped with Journey 5 in 2023.

Company Website:https://www.horizon.ai/

2. Cambricon

CambriconEstablished: 2016-03-15
Total market value:28.4.22 billion RMB
Location: Beijing,China

Company Profile:

Cambricon is a global pioneer in smart chips, founded in 2016, focusing on the research and development of artificial intelligence chip products and technological innovation, dedicated to building core processor chips in artificial intelligence, allowing machines to better understand and serve humans.

Cambricon is one of the few companies in the world that has comprehensively and systematically mastered the core technologies of general-purpose smart chip and its basic system software development and productization. It can provide a series of smart chip products and platform-based system software with integration of cloud, edge and terminal equipment, hardware and software, training and reasoning integration, and a unified ecology. Cambricon’s products are widely used by server manufacturers and industrial companies to provide sufficient computing power for complex AI applications in the Internet, finance, transportation, energy, power and manufacturing, and to promote AI-enabled industrial upgrading.

Main business:

Intelligent accelerator card, intelligent acceleration system, intelligent edge computing module, terminal intelligent processor IP, software development platform

Recent news:

On January 21, 2021, Cambricon Siyuan 290 smart chip and accelerator card, and Xuansi 1000 smart accelerator were officially unveiled for the first time after mass production. On November 3, 2021, Cambricon released the third-generation cloud AI chip Siyuan 370, two accelerator cards MLU370-S4 and MLU370-X4 based on Siyuan 370, and the newly upgraded Cambricon Neuware software stack.

Company Website:https://www.cambricon.com/

3. Enflame

EnflameEstablished: 2018-03-19
Location: Shanghai, China

Company Profile:

Shanghai Enflame Technology focuses on cloud computing products in the field of artificial intelligence, and is committed to delivering inclusive infrastructure solutions for the development of the artificial intelligence industry, providing original innovation, full-stack self-developed, general artificial intelligence training and reasoning products with completely independent intellectual property rights. With its high computing power, high energy efficiency ratio and flexible programming capabilities, it can be widely used in various industries and scenarios such as the Internet, finance, transportation, energy and new infrastructure.

Main business:

Smart accelerator card, software development platform

Recent news:

In January 2022, Jaguar and Enflame jointly developed a large-scale high-performance AI computing power platform. April 25, 2022, Shanghai, China – Zenosic, Jaguar and Enflame have reached a strategic cooperation, relying on the software and hardware advantages of the three parties in the fields of intelligent network switch chips, DPU (Data Processing Unit) and AI computing, and jointly develop a low-latency, large-scale, high-efficiency AI computing and network integration platform based on intelligent network infrastructure to provide a more efficient end-to-end overall solution for cloud AI computing.

Company Website:https://www.enflame-tech.com/

4. Vastai

Vastai TechnologiesEstablished: 2018-12-20
Location: Shanghai, China

Company Profile:

Vastai Technologies(Shanghai) was established in Shanghai in December 2018. It is determined to develop into a top international chip company. Based on the Chinese market, it fills the gap of domestic chips in the Chinese market, provides efficient computing power for intelligent applications, and empowers artificial intelligence innovation and application implementation. can. Vastai is headquartered in Shanghai and has R&D branches in Beijing and Toronto. It has a team of domestic and foreign experts. The company’s core employees come from the world’s top high-tech companies, with an average of more than 15 years of related chip and software design experience. Vastai’s products focus on the optimization of computer vision and video processing, providing rich features and efficient performance/power consumption; they are suitable for many artificial intelligence fields. Products cover from edge to cloud, SOC and server markets.

Main business:

general AI inference accelerator card, SV100 series chips

Recent news:

In July 2021, Vastai’s first cloud general AI inference chip SV100 series and VA1 general inference accelerator card appeared at the 2021 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC). In July 2021, Vastai Semiconductor was selected into the 2021 Global EE Time Silicon 100 List.

Company Website:https://www.vastaitech.com/cn/

5. Intellifusion

Shenzhen IntellifusionEstablished: 2014-08-27
Location: Shenzhen,Guangdong, China

Company Profile:

Founded in August 2014, Shenzhen Intellifusion Technology is an artificial intelligence enterprise with full-stack capabilities of algorithms, chips and big data. Relying on the core capability of “algorithm-on-a-chip” and the technical route of “device-cloud collaboration”, Intellifusion has built a full-chain core capability platform of IoT perception aggregation, algorithm empowerment services, and knowledge graph construction. A series of benchmark solutions have been successfully implemented in the field of human settlements, bringing safe, smart and convenient AI experience to various industries. As a leading artificial intelligence enterprise in China, Intellifusion took the lead in proposing to create a “1+1+N” self-evolving city intelligent body practice framework, actively building a self-learning and self-evolving digital city intelligent collaborative development system, and promoting the rapid development of the artificial intelligence industry .

Main business:

AI algorithm + chip + big data

Recent news:

In December 2021, Intellifusion launched a 5G intelligent inspection robot. The list of winners of the 11th Wu Wenjun Artificial Intelligence Science and Technology Award in 2021 has been released, and Intellifusion won the first prize of the Science and Technology Progress Award again. In May 2022, Intellifusion signed a cooperation agreement with Huawei to jointly promote the development of the AI industry.

Company Website:https://www.intellif.com/

6. Eeasy

EeasyEstablished: 2016-07-22
Location: Zhuhai, Guangdong,China

Company Profile:

Eeasy Technology is a systematic solutions provider with machine vision algorithms and SoC design as core technology. We are committed to providing turnkey solutions for video surveillance, automotive electronics, and AIoT devices, including AI chips, algorithms and systems solutions.

Headquartered in Zhuhai, China since 2016, EEASYTECH has started currently offices in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Hongkong. The core founding team has sound experiences of successful launch on mass production of SoC chips, and the team of IC design and algorithm has averagely more than 10 years of R&D experience. EEASYTECH focuses on the development of proprietary IPs for AI acceleration, high-definition (HD) display, audio-visual coding and decoding, as well as high-speed mixed signal circuits, etc.

In 2019, EEASYTECH successfully launched its first series of on-device AI SoC to the market, which has integrated its proprietary NPU. Since then, EEASYTECH has been empowering numerous partners to forward a plenty of end devices with AI application into the phase of flow production.

Main business:

SV-Series, SA-Series, SH-Series

Recent news:

In December 2021, EEASYTECH’ smart security AI SoC chip SV826 / SV823 won the “Golden Tripod Award”, the highest honor in the product selection of this year’s Expo. As a pioneer enterprise of end-to-end AI chips, EEASYTECH also won the title of “Top Ten Influential Brands in China’s Security “Security Chips” in 2021. In 2022, EEASYTECH won the “2021-2022 (Fifth) China IC Unicorn “title”. EEASYTECH was selected as the “Top 10 AI Chip Company in the Fabless 100 List”, and SV826 won the “Best AI Chip of the Year” in the 2022 China IC Design Achievement Award.

Company Website:http://www.eeasytech.com/

7. Corerain

CorerainEstablished: 2017-09-20
Location: Shenzhen,Guangdong,China

Company Profile:

Shenzhen Corerain Technologies is a technology-leading artificial intelligence company that provides a next-generation artificial intelligence computing platform with high performance, low latency, and cost-effective computing power with customized data flow technology as its core. For vertical fields such as smart safety supervision, smart city, smart energy, and smart manufacturing, Corerain provides an integrated solution of algorithm computing power platform to accelerate the implementation of artificial intelligence technology. Corerain’s artificial intelligence computing platform focuses on the AI computing engine of the data flow architecture.

Relying on the technical accumulation of the main creative team for more than 30 years, its self-developed CAISA architecture supports deep learning general algorithms while exerting a maximum chip utilization rate of 95.4%. . Based on data flow technology, Corerain has launched a series of AI acceleration products such as CAISA chip, Xingkong X3 accelerator card, Xingkong X6A edge station, and Xingkong X9 accelerator card, which integrate chip technology and computer vision technology to provide high-efficiency solutions for data centers and edge computing scenarios. An image processing solution with high performance, low latency, high precision, and high computing power cost-effective.

Main business:

AI chip, AI accelerator card, AI smart station, AI universal hardware

Recent news:

In June 2021, Corerain’s CAISA chip was selected as the TOP30 SALT Award, the highest award of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference. In July 2022, the “AI inference chip development and application based on customized data flow technology” developed by Corerain won the special artificial intelligence award (Chip Project) First Prize. In August 2022, Corerain was ranked as the Top 10 AI chip company in the EE Time Fabless 100 list.

Company Website:https://www.corerain.com/

8. Semidrive

SeniDriverEstablished: 2018-06-26
Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Company Profile:

Founded in 2018, Nanjing Semidrive Technology has R&D centers in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Shenzhen, and Dalian, as well as offices in Changchun and Wuhan. Semidrive focuses on providing high-performance and high-reliability automotive-grade chips, and is also the world’s first “full-scenario, platform-based” chip product and technology solution provider. The products cover smart cockpit, smart driving, gateway and MCU, covering the core chip category of future automotive electronic and electrical architecture. Semidrive has an international-level team with nearly 20 years of experience in automotive-grade mass production. In terms of vehicle regulation certification, Semidrive has successively obtained ISO 26262 functional safety process certification, AEC-Q100 reliability certification, ISO26262 functional safety product certification and national secret certification, becoming the first four-in-one automotive regulatory chip company in China.

Main business:

X9 – Infotainment SoC;G9 – Gateway SoC;V9 – Driving SoC;E3 – Microcontroller;D series industrial chips

Recent news:

In December 2021, Semidrive successfully passed all project certifications and became the first automotive chip company in China to obtain the national secret certification. In May 2022, Semidrive was listed on the Auto Byte Smart Mobility Insight list. In July, Semidrive was selected as the hard-core technology company that attracts the most attention from investors in 2022.

Company Website:https://www.semidrive.com/

9. Axera

AxeraEstablished: 2020-04-20
Location: Shanghai, China

Company Profile:

Shanghai Axera Semiconductor Technology is a high-tech semiconductor company focused on developing world class Artificial Intelligence (AI) SoCs for computer vision applications. Leveraging its vast number of combined years of chip design experience, and powered by its AI algorithm know-hows, Axera adopts an innovative approach to produce highly energy efficient chips with superior AI inference capabilities. These chips are particularly suitable for today’s AIoT applications, such as smart cities, smart transportation, smart manufacturing and smart homes. They can be used to facilitate the extension of AI intelligence from the cloud to the edge and further to the end devices, with the goal to convenience people’s life and make our society a better and safer place.

Each member of the core Axera team has more than 15 years of experience in chip development and production. Since its establishment in May 2019, Axera has grown to be a strong and full function team, capable of developing advanced SoCs with highly complex functionalities and the best power efficiency. Axera’s first high-end AI SoC was successfully taped out to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in barely nine months after its conception, a strong testament to the team’s capability to deliver.

Since day one, Axera has committed to the vision of Power the Society with AI. Designing world class AI chips is the company’s calling to create a better and more intelligent future.

Main business:

AX 630 A, AX620A and other artificial intelligence chips related software and hardware, electronic product software and hardware。

Recent news:

In June 2022, Dr. Qiu Xiaoxin, CEO of Axera, was selected as one of the 2022 Forbes “50 Women in Technology in China”. Axera was awarded the 2021 strategic supplier of Zhejiang Dahua Technology.

Company Website:https://www.axera-tech.com/

10. Reexen

ReexenEstablished: 2018-06-25
Location: Shenzhen,Guangdong, China

Company Profile:

Shenzhen Reexen Technology was co-founded by a number of doctors from top universities all over the world. Its headquarters was established in Shenzhen in 2018. It has built a research and development team of nearly 50 people, all from intel, Qualcomm and other famous enterprises. It has been established successively four offices in Shenzhen, Chengdu, Shanghai and Switzerland. The neuromorphic sensor-memory-computing integrated architecture is one of the new architectures in the post-integrated “Moore” era. Reexen chips are based on brain-like computing, and in the form of analog-digital hybridization, the research and development of the sensor-memory-computing integrated chip is realized, and it is mass-produced and sold.

Main business:

High-performance analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), mainly used in high-precision instruments and lidars; ultra-low-power sensor-memory-computing integrated chips (ADA) based on analog computing, mainly used in AR/VR, robots, vehicles, wearable health and so on.

Recent news:

In December 2020, Reexen’s company in Switzerland won EU financing and won two EU projects.

Company Website:http://www.reexen.com/
AI Chip
Nvidia holds roughly 80 percent of the AI-centric data center chip market. Google, Intel, and Xilinx (acquired by AMD) even occupy a certain market share.
On July 4, 2018, Baidu CEO Li Yanhong announced at the 2018 Baidu AI Developers Conference the launch of China’s first cloud-based full-featured AI chip, “Kunlun”, independently developed by Baidu. Since then, the Chinese chip industry has been catching up, gradually shortening the distance with the leading countries.

AI chips have formed a situation of continuous competition and development all over the world. From this it can be seen that as the core productivity to promote AI development, the value of AI chips is self-evident. It is of great significance to each enterprise, to the entire AI industry, and even to major countries consolidating their core competitiveness.

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