by Che Pan at scmp.com
A Chinese graphics processing unit (GPU) start-up that has been put on a US trade blacklist has introduced a new graphics card along with what it called the country’s first GPU-based computing hub for artificial intelligence (AI) training.
Moore Threads Intelligent Technology, a Beijing-based designer of GPUs tailored for AI training, said the new GPU will be found on its KUAE Intelligent Computing Centre, which is aimed at serving China’s growing needs for large language model training.
“Moore Threads has built a smart computing product line from chips to graphics cards to clusters, relying on the multifunctional computing advantages of GPUs,” CEO Jams Zhang Jianzhong said in a statement on Tuesday.
The US sanctions have made it challenging for the two companies to find wafer foundries that are willing to manufacture their chips, putting the firms in a similar predicament that Huawei Technologies has faced since late 2020.
The export restrictions also affect Moore Threads and Biren’s access to US electronic design automation software.
Moore Threads had been a darling of investors amid China’s chip self-sufficiency drive.