China’s original artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are on growth trajectories, as evidenced by the following stories. They showcase companies funding the efforts, as well as research solutions and new product launches  to further push the use of AI:

Changsha Invests 100Million to Support AI Technologies Industry

According to a report in the Hunan Daily, a special fund totaling 1 million yuan has been established to support the application of AI applications, enterprise introduction, research and development innovation, and personnel training.

The fund will support nine smart application areas — including factories, properties, government affairs, transportation, energy, logistics, streets, medical, and education—by releasing a series of policy bonuses and actively completing intelligent technology transformation. The enterprises that establish smart platforms will then be refunded or subsidized by the park. Its goal is to build over 15 AI deep application scenarios, over 30 AI application demonstration projects and over 15 AI collaborative innovation platforms.

SenseTime Sets Up AI Research Center in EMEA Area

AI platform company, SenseTime, and the Abu Dhabi Investment Office reached a strategic agreement on July 24, 2019. During this year, the two will work together to set up a Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) AI research and development (R&D) center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The purpose of this R&D center is to develop AI for industries such as healthcare, remote sensing, and education, while providing support to regional industries and governments using AI.

Currently, SenseTime has offices in China, Japan, and Singapore and is seen as one of the most valuable AI startups in the world. This AI research center will be the company’s first presence in the EMEA region, making it an important part of the company’s globalization development strategy. In this new market, SenseTime will support China’s original AI technology by providing its local customers with quick, customized products and solutions.

Alibaba Launches Processor Based on RISC-V Structure

Alibaba’s semiconductor affiliate, Pingtouge, officially launched the XuanTie 910 processor. This RISC-V processor can be used to design high-performance chips for 5G, artificial intelligence, and autonomous driving.

This 16-core processor reportedly has the ability to reduce the design and manufacturing cost of related chip production by more than 50%. Additionally, it performs 40% better than the current best RISC-V processor in the industry.

The IoT era calls for many more chip application scenarios than the PC and mobile eras.  Because of that, enterprises need to be able to quickly implement commercially available chips. The AI capabilities of the RISC-V processor makes it possible to design for multiple applications quickly and efficiently.