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Former AMD executive joins Chinese chip ‘unicorn’

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By Peter Clarke


Li has 30 years of experience in the field of GPUs and worked at AMD for 15 years rising to the position of vice president responsible for R&D, construction and management of AMD Greater China.

Li has 30 years of experience in the field of GPUs and worked at AMD for 15 years rising to the position of vice president responsible for R&D, construction and management of AMD Greater China.

“The development of China’s semiconductor industry is at a historic turning point. More aspirants need to join and work together. This is an opportunity and a responsibility for all semiconductor technology practitioners,” said Li in a statement.

Biren was founded in 2019 and has recruited more than 500 staff. In March 2021 it raised more than 4.7 billion yuan (about US$730 million) and claimed ‘unicorn’ status – being valued at more than $1billion.

The company said it is focusing initially on general purpose cloud processing and will move gradually to catch up and then outperform existing solutions in AI training and inference, in graphics rendering and other fields

The R&D for the company’s first product has been concluded and Biren said it expects to tape out its chip in 3Q21 as planned.

Biren is one of a number of Chinese companies formed to take on Nvidia and others in high performance computing. These include Moore Threads (see Chinese GPU/AI ‘unicorn’ formed to take on Nvidia), Vastai Technologies Inc. (see China GPU-to-AI startup lands $50 million funding), Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (see Chinese x86 firm set to benefit from domestic supply mandate Shanghai), Tianshu Zhixin Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (see Chinese startup launches ‘Big Island’ 7nm AI GPU).

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www.birentech.com

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