SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) — Hyundai Motor Group announced Thursday that it will be investing $50 million in the Canadian artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductor company Tenstorrent in order to integrate AI into its future mobility solutions.
Hyundai Motor Co. and its subsidiary Kia Corp. will be contributing $30 million and $20 million respectively to Tenstorrent, in order to jointly develop optimized semiconductors for their next-generation vehicles, the group said in a statement.
“With this investment, the group expects to develop optimized but differentiated semiconductor technology that will aid future mobilities and strengthen internal capabilities in AI technology development,” Kim Heung-soo, executive vice president and head of the global strategy office at Hyundai Motor Group, said in the statement.
The newly developed high-performance semiconductors will be used in central processing units (CPU) and neural processing units (NPU) for future vehicles and mobility solutions, it said.
Hyundai and Kia’s investment accounts for half of Tenstorrent’s latest funding round valued at $100 million.
Tenstorrent, established in 2016, focuses on developing advanced processors to accelerate AI and machine learning workloads.
Tenstorrent and the Korean carmakers plan to expand their partnership from automotive chips to robotics and advanced air mobility (AAM) solutions in the long term.
AAM encompasses the urban air mobility and regional air mobility segments to offer environmentally friendly air mobility solutions for intracity and intercity transportation.