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Xiaomi Funding Lifts Auto-Chip Firm Black Sesame’s Value To Near $2bn

AI digital imaging technology firm’s cash boost a sign of how Beijing is focused on pushing the development of its domestic chip sector

Xiaomi has begun making smartphones in Vietnam for sale locally and across Southeast Asia.
Xiaomi said the first batch of its phones made in Vietnam had been sent to a local distributor, but it also wants to export its phones to Malaysia and Thailand. Photo: Reuters.


Chinese auto-chip startup Black Sesame Technologies has revealed it has raised “hundreds of millions of dollars” from Xiaomi Corp and other investors.

News of the funding boost, announced on Wednesday, is a signal of how China is accelerating the development of its semiconductor industry.

Black Sesame Technologies, an AI digital imaging technology firm based in Silicon Valley and Shanghai, said its valuation was now near $2 billion.


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The firm specialises in computational imaging, machine vision tech, such as camera array solutions for mobile devices, and autonomous driving technologies.

Earlier this month, the company hooked up with China’s Hesai Technology, an advanced laser radar manufacturer, to co-develop ‘integrated autonomous driving solutions’ and self-driving technologies.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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