The recent actions against ZTE have acted as a catalyst for China’s chipmaking and AI sector. But well before all the international spotlight, there were a group of companies who already started to bolster their core tech capabilities.

Rokid, a Hangzhou-based startup which specializes in robotics research and AI development, is about to launch and mass-produce its own dedicated voice-first AI chip after two years of research and development. The company told TechNode that the custom AI chip is more power efficient, lower in cost, and better designed for third-party vendors, OEMs, and small appliance manufacturers. The chip’s specifications will be unveiled at the “Rokid Jungle” event in Hangzhou on June 26, along with new product developments and major partnerships.

Founded in 2014, the company’s product lineup includes smart speaker Rokid Pebble, home AI assistant Alien, and AR Glass which are currently available in China.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.