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Called the Hanguang 800, the chip can make computing tasks less time consuming from what that would have usually taken an hour, down to just five minutes, the Chinese e-commerce giant claims.
The chip is currently being used internally within the company’s business operations, especially in product search and automatic translation on e-commerce sites, personalised recommendations, advertising, and “intelligent customer services”, Alibaba said.
A company spokesperson told CNBC that it has no plans to sell the chip as a standalone product, but is planning to use the chip in its cloud computing products which could allow Alibaba to sell new cloud services to its customers.
Alibaba’s move into AI chips comes after Huawei launching it own AI semiconductor called the Ascend 910, aimed at being used in data centers last month.
Alibaba is the biggest cloud player by market share in China, and within the top five in the world.