Electric vehicles and artificial intelligence are two areas in which China plans to excel. These two stories are evidence of that:

BYD and Toyota Collaborate to Develop Pure Electric Vehicles

BYD has officially announced its collaboration with Toyota to jointly develop electric vehicles and begin exploring the development of pure electric vehicles and power batteries. These products will include pure electric vehicles built on the Toyota brand model for both cars and low-profile SUVs. They are scheduled for launch in the Chinese market by 2025.

Both companies believe that to reduce global warming and reduce CO2 emissions, it is necessary to overcome the constraints of competition and seek common development. With the combination of both the company’s technology and R&D abilities, they will be able to develop more attractive products and promote the further popularization of pure electric vehicles.

In 2008, BYD launched the world’s first mass-produced plug-in hybrid vehicle and has achieved the world’s highest sales of new energy vehicles for four consecutive years.  The company got its start in the battery business in 1995 and since then has mastered electric-vehicle core technologies including batteries, insulated-gate bipolar transistors, motors, and electronic controls. BYD specializes in a new energy source that provides solutions for the electric vehicle and power battery industries.

In 1997, Toyota released the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle and has pioneered the development of electric vehicles with its rich technology and experience in R&D, manufacturing, and sales.


First Ultra-low Power Consumption Smart Chip Launched in China

Recently, Hefei Zbit Semiconductor, Inc and the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) jointly developed a computing-in-memory integrated artificial intelligence (AI) chip system based on NOR Flash structure. This chip features ultra-low power consumption with independent IP, making it the first of its kind in China.

Dr. Tao Linfeng of USTC introduced the computing and storage integration functions in this chip. Integrating the calculations saves the data handing process and improves computing performance. Compared to a traditional chip, the integrated AI chip is characterized by low energy consumption, high computing efficiency, high speed, and low costs.

The AI chip features edge computing and reasoning ability. It can detect the human face taken by a camera and calculate the probability correctly and in real-time. It is both accurate and stable and is widely used in forest fire prevention. It can also be used in real-time monitoring for facial recognition, electrocardiograms, and hardware solutions for AI.

Founded in 2015,  Hefei Zbit Semiconductor, Inc is a fabless memory design start-up based in Hefei and Shanghai. Their products include low-cost SPINOR Flash, low-density NAND Flash, and EEPROM.