US chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the establishment of an artificial intelligence department in Beijing called The Qualcomm AI Lab.

The company also made a separate announcement about its deal with Baidu’s PaddlePaddle on the same day, May 23. Qualcomm will work with Baidu to use the Qualcomm AI Engine to drive conversion and application of Baidu PaddlePaddle open-source deep learning framework models on Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platforms. PaddlePaddle is Baidu’s answer to Google’s deep learning framework Tensorflow.

The news comes at a sensitive time for the US chipmaker. Both the Chinese and the US government are negotiating about the fate of Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE which is currently banned from purchasing equipment from US companies.

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Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.