Baidu placed 1,600 AI chip order from Huawei

According to the Reuters report, Baidu has now ordered artificial intelligence chips from Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. The information is confirmed by internal sources. U.S. pressure is prompting Chinese acceptance of the firm’s products as an alternative to Nvidia’s.

One of the people said Baidu, one of China’s leading AI firms, which operates the Ernie large language model (LLM), placed the order in August, ahead of widely anticipated new rules by the U.S. government that in October tightened restrictions on exports of chips and chip tools to China, including those of U.S. chip giant Nvidia (NVDA.O).

Order details

As per the report, Baidu ordered 1,600 of Huawei Technologies’ 910B Ascend AI chips – which the Chinese firm developed as an alternative to Nvidia’s A100 chip – for 200 servers, the source said, adding that by October, Huawei had delivered more 60% of the order, or about 1,000 chips, to Baidu.

The second person said that the order’s total value was approximately 450 million yuan ($61.83 million) and that Huawei was to deliver all of the chips by the end of this year. Both people declined to be named because the details of the deal were confidential.

Baidu placed 1,600 AI chip order from Huawei
Baidu placed 1,600 AI chip order from Huawei

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