iFLYTEK History

Our History

iFLYTEK was founded in 1999 by Liu Qingfeng who currently serves as the Founder, Chairman and President of the company. Liu Qingfeng founded the company along with 18 fellow college and graduate students after participating in a speech synthesis contest and obtaining the highest score of all speech synthesis solutions at the time.

Since its founding, iFLYTEK has been dedicated to the research and development of intelligent speech and language technologies in addition to the application of artificial intelligence in the world.

1999

FLYTEK is founded by a group of college students

2000

iFLYTEK partners with USTC and Academy of Social Sciences to build initial research labs

2002

iFLYTEK receives the ‘National Key Software Enterprise’ award and is sponsored by the National Department of Science and Technology

2004

Annual revenue reaches 100 million RMB

2007

iFLYTEK intelligent voice chip hits the market

2008

iFLYTEK goes public and is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the only voice technology company listed at that time (Stock Code: 002230

2010

iFLYTEK launches its Open Platform, which is the first open voice platform with voice recognition capability

2011

iFLYTEK launches the first Chinese deep neural network speech recognition system

2012

The Open Platform “Voice Cloud” reaches over 150 million users

2014

іFLYTEK launches the groundbreaking HyperBrain Project

2015

iFLYTEK launches AlUl, an upgraded version of the original iFLYTEK Open Platform

2016

iFLYTEK’s speech synthesis is deemed more natural than the average person. iFLYTEK releases Xiao Yi Translator and iFLYREC Intelligent Conferencing System

2017

iFLYTEK is ranked the 6th smartest company by MIT Technology Review

2018

iFLYTEK reports $800 million in annual revenue and continues to release more A.l. products

2019

FLYTEK was chosen to be the exclusive translation and transcription service provider for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

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