Baidu says it has developed technology that combines graphics processors from different manufacturers into a single computing cluster for training AI models, CEO Robin Li explained in a quarterly earnings call. The platform also works efficiently with clusters of hundreds or thousands of GPUs, Li said. Baidu aims to transform itself from an internet company into an AI company by 2025, with its ERNIE generative AI model becoming the new core of its products. Chinese AI companies have been hurt by U.S. sanctions that prevent Nvidia, in particular, from selling its most capable AI training graphics cards in China. If Li's claim proves true, it could be a big step forward for China's AI industry and for addressing the chip shortage in AI training more broadly.

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