The plan is still at an early stage and the company’s focus is on Arm-based server-side chips, the person told Reuters.
Beijing-based ByteDance has posted a dozen semiconductor-related job advertisements on its official website, based mainly in Beijing and Shanghai.
The company has established a team to explore the development of artificial intelligence chips, ByteDance told Chinese business magazine Caijing.
ByteDance did not offer immediate comment when contacted by Reuters.
U.S. sanctions imposed on hardware maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd have prevented the Chinese telecom giant from sourcing components including semiconductors, crippling its smartphone business.
China is the world’s largest purchaser of semiconductors but its ability to produce chips domestically lags behind the United States, Japan and South Korea.
According to research firm ICInsights, of the $143 billion in chips sold in China in 2020, only $22.7 billion worth were produced in China, and only $8.3 billion was produced by Chinese-headquartered companies.
Chinese search engine giant Baidu has completed a round of financing for its Kunlun AI chip unit, which…