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Chinese Company 'Moore Threads' Announces Full GPU Development Capabilities

Marketing materials for Moore Threads' GPU solution
(Image credit: Moore Threads)

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. The company reportedly tapped most of its core engineering team from Nvidia, with the usual suspects (Microsoft, Intel, Arm, and others) also being headhunted for the engineering talent that makes up the company's roster. "Moore Threads" is more than an interesting naming choice - the company's website does promise "double the number of concurrent threads every two years."

If that sounds familiar, it's because it refers to Moore's Law, which predicted that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit would double every two years. Moore's Law is named for Intel co-founder Gordon Moore.

The company claims that its GPU solutions are based on fully domestic intellectual property and manufacturing expertise, and 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. The company aims for its GPUs to be seamlessly integrated with partner companies' infrastructure designs, including Chinese-developed CPU and platform solutions — an integration process that the company has already started. Moore Threads claims it already has accumulated a wealth of knowledge for every stage of GPU production, and that that's the enabler for its claim of being able to design, manufacture, market and service its GPUs, covering the entire product life cycle.

Interestingly, Moore Threads was founded recently, in October 2020, so a mere year has come and pass since its inception and march toward the development of this GPU solution. The company did enjoy ample funding for its endeavors, however. The startup has already gone through three funding rounds in a single year, with prominent investors such as Sequoia Capital China, ByteDance (of TikTok fame) and Tencent all reportedly contributing at one point or another. The latest Series A funding round  brought the company some $313 million, with the aim to enable Moore Threads to kickstart the mass production and manufacturing of its first GPU chip and continued IP research and development for its GPU SoCs.

If Moore Threads' claims ring true, then this is certainly one of the pivotal moments in China's plans to become technologically independent from Western countries when it comes to silicon-bound technologies. With pressure pilling on China's manufacturing capabilities in the face of the U.S.–China trade war, technological independence for China does seem to be dependent on that country's ability to reinvent the wheel.

Francisco Pires
Freelance News Writer

Francisco Pires is a freelance news writer for Tom's Hardware with a soft side for quantum computing.

  • TheOtherOne
    Go China go! :bounce:
    Team China ... :vip:
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  • husker
    The name "Moore Threads" is a pun that only works in English. To me this is a clue that they are looking for investor money with a name like that, not to produce a real product to sell.
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  • vitamin168
    TheOtherOne said:
    Go China go! :bounce:
    Team China ... :vip:
    Lots of start-ups in China turned out to be traps. The key question is who makes it, and in what process. If it is still produced by the advanced chipmaking processes of TSMC and it is related to military usage. It will still be banned. Hopeless!
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  • DivineIntervention1984
    Admin said:
    Barely a year after its founding, Chinese company Moore Threads has announced it's now the first national player with both the technological and IP expertise required for developing GPUs solely with in-house technology.

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    Developing GPU solely with in-house technology is a funny way of saying stolen technology. Commie espionage spies never stop stealing intellectual property. Period.
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  • Mandark
    TheOtherOne said:
    Go China go! :bounce:
    Team China ... :vip:
    Just move there and you might eventually get one
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