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The 10 Hottest AI Chipmakers You Should Be Watching In 2021

Dylan Martin

Investors are putting hundreds of millions of dollars into AI chip startups that are developing new optimized architectures for training and inference while semiconductor giants Intel and Nvidia seek to protect their market-share dominance with expanding product portfolios.

The AI Chip Race Continues

The demand for differentiated, optimized AI chip architectures remains high if the recent massive funding rounds of several startups are any indication.

Just a handful of AI chip startups have raised nearly $1.5 billion alone in the past six or so months, and that doesn’t even cover all the AI hardware activity that has happened in the past few years. It also doesn’t include the investments semiconductor giants Intel and Nvidia have made in expanding their AI chip design efforts and product portfolios.

[Related: 10 Hottest Semiconductor Companies To Watch In 2021 ]

What follows are the 10 hottest AI chipmakers you should be watching in 2021, which includes several startups that have raised funding rounds as well as a couple of large, established companies.

 
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Dylan Martin

Dylan Martin is a senior editor at CRN covering the semiconductor, PC, mobile device, and IoT beats. He has distinguished his coverage of the semiconductor industry thanks to insightful interviews with CEOs and top executives; scoops and exclusives about product, strategy and personnel changes; and analyses that dig into the why behind the news.   He can be reached at dmartin@thechannelcompany.com.

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