[News] OpenAI Reportedly Expected to Gather with Samsung and SK Group for Deepened Chip Collaboration

2024-01-24 Semiconductors editor

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, the developer of the ChatGPT, is reportedly expected to visit Korea on January 26th. Altman may hold meetings with top executives from Samsung Electronics and SK Group to strengthen their collaboration on High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM).

According to sources cited by The Korea Times, Sam Altman is making a slight adjustment for the potential meeting details with Samsung Electronics’ Chairman Lee Jae-yong and SK Group’s Chairman Chey Tae-won. 

OpenAI is set to engage in discussions with Samsung Electronics and SK Group to collaboratively develop artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductors, as part of OpenAI’s strategy to reduce heavy reliance on the AI chip leader NVIDIA.

Reportedly, Altman visited Korea in June of last year, and this upcoming visit is expected to last only about six hours. Most of the time is anticipated to be spent in closed-door meetings with leaders of Korean chip companies or other high-profile executives. 

Altman is keen on strengthening relationships with Korean startups and chip industry players, as it contributes to OpenAI’s development of large-scale language models, powering ChatGPT. OpenAI unveiled its latest model, GPT-4 Turbo, at the end of last year and is currently proceeding with planned upgrades to related services.

Regarding this matter, The Korea Times also cited a spokesman at SK Group, indicating that SK Group also did not confirm whether Chey and Altman will meet.

“Nothing specific has been confirmed over our top management’s schedule with Altman,” an official at SK Group said.

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Please note that this article cites information from The Korea Times.