OpenAI, the company behind AI chatbot software ChatGPT, is reportedly exploring the possibility of manufacturing processing chips in-house amid a global shortage of the expensive and difficult-to-produce devices.
October 5, Reuters a report Citing people familiar with the matter, they said OpenAI had evaluated an unnamed company as a potential acquisition target to help realize its ambitions to make AI chips.
The company has not yet decided whether it will move in the acquisition process or not. OpenAI has also discussed a number of other options internally to address the current chip shortage.
Besides building its own chips, options include working more closely with its current major chip supplier NVIDIA and diversifying its chip suppliers beyond its current providers.
Earlier this year, Sam Altman, founder and CEO of OpenAI, complained to a hall full of AI developers that a chip shortage was delaying his company’s progress, according to a now-deleted blog post. mail Written by Reda Habib, CEO of AI company Humanloop.
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“A common theme that came up during the discussion was that OpenAI is currently very GPU limited, and this is delaying a lot of their short-term plans,” Habib wrote.
If OpenAI goes ahead with the announced plan to make its own chips, it will join a small group of tech industry heavyweights, including Google and Amazon, that have moved chip production in-house.
Since the public launch of ChatGPT in November last year, demand for specialized AI chips has skyrocketed.
The ensuing wave of demand has seen NVIDIA stock prices soar as companies looking to build AI applications demand expensive computing hardware.
OpenAI did not immediately respond to Cointelgraph’s request for comment.
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