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NAVER and Samsung Electronics Join Hands to Develop Semiconductor Solutions for Hyperscale AI

NAVER’s scope of hyperscale AI technology will be expanded to the semiconductor industry as a result of the company’s collaboration with Samsung Electronics.

NAVER Corporation (CEO Choi Soo-yeon) and Samsung Electronics (CEO Jong-Hee HanKye Hyun Kyung) have signed an MOU for collaboration on developing semiconductor solutions for AI, and formed a working-level task force.

The two companies stated that the mutual collaboration between NAVER, a global internet company with top-notch AI technology, and Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, will bring Korea’s AI technology to the next level with the development of new semiconductor solutions that will help transform AI-enabled businesses of the future.

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Developing semiconductor solutions for AI technology requires a convergence of competencies in not just hyperscale AI, but also software, service, and hardware. NAVER and Samsung Electronics, both leading companies in their respective areas of expertise, will join hands to develop new semiconductor solutions capable of addressing bottlenecks in the current AI system and maximizing efficiency in power consumption in consideration of the actual hyperscale AI environment.

NAVER boasts the software expertise required for developing semiconductor solutions for AI, with its world-class hyperscale AI based on the company’s own supercomputer infrastructure, along with experience and know-how of applying such technology to NAVER’s services used by over 36 million users daily. NAVER also has expertise in compression algorithms that boasts performance that is 2 to 3 times fast as that of existing models even on GPU.

Samsung Electronics, as a world leader in semiconductors, has vast experience and competitive technologies in not only developing and manufacturing semiconductors but also next-generation memory technologies such as computational storage, processing-in-memory (PIM) and processing-near-memory (PNM), as well as Compute Express Link (CXL), for addressing bottlenecks in large-scale AI systems.

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NAVER and Samsung Electronics will first embark on the development and technology verification of a compression solution critical to the application and expansion of hyperscale AI models. The two companies also plan to continue their collaboration on next-generation memory solutions that support high-performance computing, such as SmartSSD, HBM-PIM and CXL.

In particular, as NAVER already operates services embedded with hyperscale AI, the two companies are expected to create semiconductor solutions that address the actual needs of the end-users starting from the initial stages of development while enabling optimization at the system level.

“Combining our acquired knowledge and know-how from HyperCLOVA with Samsung’s semiconductor manufacturing prowess, we believe we can create an entirely new class of solutions that can better tackle the challenges of today’s AI technologies,” said Suk Geun Chung, Head of NAVER’s CLOVA CIC. “We look forward to broadening our AI capabilities and bolstering our edge in AI competitiveness through this strategic partnership.”

“Through our collaboration with NAVER, we will develop cutting-edge semiconductor solutions to solve the memory bottleneck in large-scale AI systems,” said Jinman Han, Executive Vice President of Memory Global Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “With tailored solutions that reflect the most pressing needs of AI service providers and users, we are committed to broadening our market-leading memory lineup including computational storage, PIM and more, to fully accommodate the ever-increasing scale of data.”

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