TikTok Owner ByteDance Explores Its Own Designed Chips

While ByteDance is best known for its viral social media app TikTok, the Beijing-based company is currently strengthening its semiconductor design capabilities. ByteDance will not manufacture chips to sell to others, but will develop the semiconductors needed for specific applications within the company.

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TikTok owner ByteDance is exploring developing its own chips, joining a slew of Chinese internet giants specializing in semiconductors as Beijing attempts to become more self-sufficient in mission-critical technologies.

ByteDance, the parent company behind TikTok and recent gaming successes, is looking into developing chips for its own use in specialized areas because it couldn’t find suppliers that could meet its requirements, a spokesperson told CNBC.

The chips will be configured to handle workloads related to several areas of ByteDance’s business, including video platforms, information and entertainment applications, the spokesperson added.

ByteDance will not manufacture chips for sale to other companies. The social media giant has several job openings on its website for positions related to semiconductor design.

The Beijing-headquartered company’s pursuit of semiconductor development stems from two main themes: the increasing focus of companies on building chips for specific purposes, and the Chinese government’s desire to become stronger in this fundamental technology.