A Chinese company called Moore Threads has recently announced that it has become the first national company to introduce a domestic, “fully featured” GPU solution.
Nvidia reportedly contributed the majority of the company’s engineering team, with Microsoft, Intel, Arm, and others also scouting for talent.
The company’s website promises “double the number of concurrent threads every two years,” so “Moore Threads” is more than just a catchy name.
Moore’s Law predicted that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit would double every two years. So if that sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Gordon Moore, a co-founder of Intel, coined the term Moore’s Law.
The company claims that its GPU solutions are based on fully domestic intellectual property and manufacturing expertise
The chinese company claims that its GPUs are capable of a variety of GPU workloads. Including 3D graphics computing, AI training and inference computing, high-performance parallel computing, and acceleration for ultra-high-definition video codecs. Additionally are based on fully domestic intellectual property and manufacturing expertise.
The company wants its GPUs to work seamlessly with partner companies’ infrastructure designs. Including Chinese-developed CPU and platform solutions — a process that it has already begun.
The chinese company claims to have amassed a wealth of knowledge for every stage of GPU production. Moreover that this is what allows it to claim to be able to design, manufacture, market. Additionally service its GPUs throughout their entire product life cycle.
Moore Threads was founded recently, in October 2020
Founded only a year ago, in October 2020, Moore Threads has only been in business for a year. Moreover progress toward the development of this GPU solution. Despite this, the company had a strong financial footing. Sequoia Capital China, ByteDance (of TikTok fame). And Tencent are among the prominent investors who have reportedly contributed to the startup in the past year.
Moore Threads recently raised $313 million in a Series A funding round, with the goal of allowing the company to begin mass production and manufacturing of its first GPU chip, as well as continue IP research and development for its GPU SoCs.
If Moore Threads’ claims are correct, this is unquestionably a watershed moment in China’s efforts to become technologically independent of Western countries in silicon-based technologies.
With pressure mounting on China’s manufacturing capabilities as a result of the trade war, the country’s technological independence appears to be contingent on its ability to reinvent the wheel.