Nvidia strikes deals with big mainland Internet companies

By Chen Qingqing Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/26 15:18:39

NASDAQ-listed graphics processing unit (GPU) designer Nvidia announced on Tuesday in Beijing it will cooperate with major Internet companies in the Chinese mainland, while its CEO, Jensen Huang, said he sees China's artificial intelligence (AI) sector becoming a driving force.

Nvidia unveiled deals with technology giants including JD.com Inc, Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent Holdings and Huawei Technologies Co, as announced by Huang during the GPU Technology Conference.

The GPU designer and developer will introduce Nvidia Jetson, an AI computing platform to meet the needs of intelligent machines such as autonomous drones, to the Chinese online retailer and logistics services provider JD.com. It will help the company achieve more than 1 million deliveries by drone during the next five years.

A high-performance chip will enable JDrones to reach the speed of 100 kilometers per hour while carrying up to 30 kilograms of packages, according to Nvidia.

The drones will also be equipped with visual recognition technology, to handle packages in a more complex environment.

Besides JD.com, the US chip designer has also teamed up with Alibaba and Huawei in building up smart cities.

GPU computing is the core of Nvidia, Huang told a press conference on the sidelines of the conference. "GPU computing can be used in scientific discovery, computing graphics and AI," he said, noting that the company will also focus on AI-powered transportation and healthcare. 

China's information technology industry is world class, Huang noted. "Tencent is not a Chinese Internet company, it's a worldwide one," he said, noting that Alibaba and Baidu are now ranked as global leaders.

Nvidia Metropolis, an AI-powered smart city platform, aims to install in total 1 billion cameras in cities worldwide by 2020, which will provide abundant data to drive further analysis.

The platform, which was unveiled in May, is now used by Alibaba to pursue its Aliyun's city planning target. It has also been adopted by Huawei, as Nvidia's Tesla P4 GPU can help the Chinese hardware manufacturer improve its video-processing capability to support deep learning in video management and analysis.

Thanks to the booming AI industry, the accelerating GPU computing services market will see compound annual growth of more than 70 percent in the next five years, consultancy IDC said in a report sent to the Global Times on Tuesday.

By year-end, the total revenues of GPU computing services providers are expected to reach $478 million, up 108 percent year-on-year.

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