ByteDance and Broadcom develop AI Chip

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ByteDance and Broadcom discuss possible collaboration on AI processor. No agreement has yet been reached, but will strengthen the TikTok owner's technology development.

ByteDance Ltd. and Broadcom Inc. have discussed a potential collaboration on an AI processor to strengthen the TikTok company's development of that technology. According to a person familiar with the discussions, the US chip designer and Beijing-based ByteDance have talked about a 5-nanometer custom-built chip.

No deal has yet been reached between the two companies, and Broadcom is already supplying an older-generation 7nm AI processor for use in ByteDance's data centers. The proposed chip would comply with US trade restrictions against China, according to Reuters. ByteDance and Broadcom's existing business relationship primarily revolves around server and network equipment, and Broadcom has mentioned ByteDance as a customer in its press releases.


If the two parties reach an agreement, the custom chip will be made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., according to Reuters. The collaboration between TikTok's owner and two global semiconductor companies is unusual as Washington actively seeks to curtail Chinese chip manufacturing ambitions through a series of broad production and export restrictions.

The arrangement aims to ensure a stable supply of chips for ByteDance, which operates the world's largest short video platform, as well as the Chinese services Douyin and Toutiao. ByteDance will try to keep up with its American competitors, who are all developing or already using their own specially designed chips for AI tasks.

ByteDance's global competitors, from Meta Platforms Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to Alphabet Inc.'s Google, all are working on developing or already using their own custom-designed chips for AI tasks.

TikTok's owner will try to keep up with these American rivals, having made AI a priority this year. Representatives for ByteDance, Broadcom and TSMC did not respond to requests for comment. (The article has been updated with information from a person familiar with the matter.)

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