SK Telecom announces an ICT alliance for the development of AI chips


SAPEON is the self-developed AI chip by SK Telecom released in November 2020. Although it is about half the price of a graphics processing unit (GPU), its deep learning computation speed is 1.5 times faster and it uses 20% less power than the GPU.

SK Telecom plans to lead the development of technologies related to SAPEON by leveraging its R&D capabilities and accumulated service experience in 5G and AI. In the medium and long term, the company will extend its range of SAPEON models by developing AI chips dedicated to data centers and autonomous driving.

SK Telecom will also promote synergies between its AI semiconductor and SK hynix semiconductor memory technologies, while attracting strategic and financial investors in cooperation with SK Square.

SK Telecom, SK Square and SK hynix plan to establish a base to make overseas investment this year and attract investment from foreign financial investors to create and operate a total investment capital of over $ 1,000 billion. KRW. Detailed investment discussions are already underway with leading global investors.

Ryu Young-sang, CEO of SK Telecom
By proactively responding to the changes occurring in AI, metaverse and 5G, we will prepare for the next decade.

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