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FILE PHOTO: the logo of Alibaba Group is seen at an exhibition during the World Intelligence Congress in Tianjin, China-May 16, 2019 at the latest. (REUTERS photo/Jason Lee/File Photo

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. said on Wednesday it has developed a new chip that has been specialized in machine-learning tasks, which will be used in the service of the cloud computing business.

The chip, called the Hanguang 800, is currently being used in Alibaba with the power of a product-search, auto translation, and personal recommendations in the e-commerce giant’s web sites.

Alibaba has no immediate plans to sell the chip as a stand-alone commercial product, a company spokeswoman said.

Foreign tech giants, such as the Alphabet, Inc. and Facebook Inc. are also developing their own chips, aimed at improving the performance of highly specialized AI tasks in a company-controlled data centers.

Alibaba’s foray into the chip industry is in the midst of efforts by Beijing to promote China’s semiconductor industry and reduce the country’s dependence on imports of core technologies.

Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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