Tencent Holdings said on Wednesday it had made significant progress in semiconductor research and development (R&D) as the Chinese internet company hopes to shake off reliance on foreign chips.
Tang Daosheng, senior executive vice president and chief executive of Tencent’s cloud and smart industry group, said the company was working on a chip for artificial intelligence computing called Zixiao, plus another for video processing, known as Canghai, and a third chip for high-performance networks named Xuanling.
“Facing scenarios with strong business needs, Tencent has had a long-term plan and investment for chip R&D,” Tang said, according to a social media post by the company’s Tencent Cloud unit.
Thomas Chong, a Jefferies analyst, said Tencent is embracing long-term trends towards digitalisation. “Tencent highlights its processing, cloud native capabilities and the latency time of its offerings supported by infrastructure such as chips, servers and operating systems,” he said.
The company also announced detail relating to its Orca cloud operating system. Tang spoke at the company’s annual Tencent Digital Ecosystem Summit in the central city of Wuhan.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, a Tencent competitor, unveiled a new server chip for data centres last month, while smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp also launched a chip for image processing in phone cameras this year.
• George Russell