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Tech & Science Intel working with Facebook on AI chip coming later this year

09:55  08 january  2019
09:55  08 january  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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(Reuters) - Intel Corp said on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it is working with Facebook Inc to put the final touches on a new artificial intelligence chip in the second half of this year . The chips are Intel 's gambit to retain hold of a fast-growing segment of the artificial

But coming later this year is Intel 's attempt to fight back with its first chip dedicated to running AI operations. And the company has signed up a big collaborator with this first run: Facebook . "We are thrilled to have Facebook in close collaboration sharing their technical insights as we bring this new

Intel working with Facebook on AI chip coming later this year© Reuters/MIKE BLAKE The Intel logo is shown at E3, the world's largest video game industry convention in Los Angeles (Reuters) - Intel Corp said on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it is working with Facebook Inc to finish a new artificial intelligence chip in the second half of this year.

The chips are Intel's gambit to retain hold of a fast-growing segment of the artificial intelligence computing market but will face competition from similar chips from Nvidia Corp and Amazon.com Inc's Amazon Web Services unit.

The new chip will help with what researchers call inference, which is the process of taking an artificial intelligence algorithm and putting it to use, for example by tagging friends in photos automatically.

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Chips designed for AI need to deftly handle massive amounts of data and sensor input in real time. Cloud services have been a hotbed for AI innovation, so Intel The new chip has been in the works for more than three years , and the first member of the new family is expected to start shipping "soon

Image source: Intel . Late last year , Intel announced that it would begin shipping its first Nervana Engine by the end of 2017 and that it was "thrilled to have Just a few months later , Bloomberg reported that Facebook is working to develop its own hardware, likely for artificial intelligence and

Intel’s processors currently dominate the market for machine learning inference, which analysts at Morningstar believe will be worth $11.8 billion (9.24 billion pounds) by 2021. In September, Nvidia launched its own inference chip to compete with Intel.

In November, Amazon also said it had created an inference chip. Amazon's chip is not a direct threat to Intel and Nvidia’s business because it will not be selling the chips. Amazon will sell services to its cloud customers that run atop the chips starting next year. If Amazon relies on its own chips, it could deprive both Nvidia and Intel of a major customer.

Intel working with Facebook on AI chip coming later this year© getty Intel Corp has said that it is working with Facebook Inc to finish a new artificial intelligence chip. Also at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, Intel said that Dell Technologies Inc will feature Intel's next generation of processors in its XPS line of laptops. The so-called 10-nanometer chips have been plagued by delays.

But Navin Shenoy, Intel's data centre chief, reiterated that the new chips will be available in laptops by the 2019 holiday shopping season and in data centres by early next year.

Also at the conference, Amnon Shashua, the head of Intel's Mobileye self-driving car computer unit, said Mobileye has mapped out all of the roadways in Japan, using cameras that were already embedded in vehicles produced by Nissan Motor Co Ltd that come with Mobileye systems from the factory. Intel's tech rivals such as Alphabet Inc and Apple Inc are gathering mapping data through special vehicles with cameras mounted on top of them.

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Amazon and Samsung are both investors, and a full release planned for 2020

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