Nvidia in talks with YTL for AI data centres in Malaysia

ARTIFICIAL Intelligence (AI) chip manufacturer Nvidia Corp is said to be in talks with Malaysian company YTL Power to build AI data centres in Malaysia.

Reuters reported the matter through sources earlier today, right before Nvidia’s CEO and founder Jensen Huang met several representatives from the Malaysian media on his first visit today.

When asked, Huang did not deny the matter, yet highlighted that Malaysia could be an excellent data centre infrastructure hub for Southeast Asia.

“Traditional data centres are designed to hold data, but the new AI data centres are essentially AI factories, where raw data will be refined and transformed to valuable data.

“Malaysia is a very strong manufacturing nation, and I believe your country has a unique advantage to potentially become an excellent data centre technology hub for Nvidia in the Southeast Asia region,” he told reporters in a media round-table session in Kuala Lumpur today.

According to Reuters, the potential tie-up would include collaborating on cloud infrastructure, and is likely to be anchored at YTL’s data centre complex in Johor.

When asked, Huang declined to confirm or deny the report. He, however, pointed out that Malaysia had “terrific companies”, such as YTL and Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), which could be excellent partners to build data centre infrastructure.

“YTL is an extraordinary company, with incredible leadership and legacy. YTL understands data centre infrastructure. It would be our privilege to work with them.

“Having said that, I won’t be able to confirm anything today (Friday),” he said.

The Edge reported YTL Power International Bhd, through its unit YTL Data Center Holdings Pte Ltd, had previously announced plans to develop a 500MW data centre park dubbed the “Green Data Center Park”, with an estimated investment of RM15 billion spanning seven years.

The company will invest about RM1.5 billion in the first phase of the project, which will feature a data centre facility with a 72MW capacity. The project is expected to be ready by March next year.

Huang is also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today after meeting with YTL Power executives earlier in the morning.

He met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. – TMR / pic TMR FILE