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Arm takes machine learning mainstream with neural processing units


Arm aims to take machine learning to mainstream and low-end devices with the launch of its new neural processing units (NPUs). The company is unveiling the Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 NPUs, which it will license to chipmakers who can integrate it into their products. The idea is to extend the range of Arm machine learning (ML) processors to enable artificial intelligence (AI) applications in mainstream devices. The company also unveiled the Mali-G57 graphics processing unit (GPU). This is the first mainstream Valhall architecture-based GPU, delivering 1.3 times better performance over previous generations.

Alibaba to launch own AI chip next year ZDNet


HANGZHOU, CHINA--Alibaba Group has formally established a semiconductor business to produce its own artificial intelligence (AI) chip as well as unveiled plans to develop quantum processors. Driven by the Chinese vendor's research and development (R&D) arm Damo Academy, these efforts would see the launch of Alibaba's first in-house developed AI chip in the second half of next year. Called AliNPU, the new AI chip had the potential to support technologies used in autonomous driving, smart cities, and smart logistics, said Alibaba at its annual flagship computing conference held here Wednesday. Its machine learning specialist also urges need for governments looking to build smart cities, such as Singapore, to ensure its citizens benefit from such initiatives. It also set up a new semiconductor subsidiary, called Pingtouge, which it said would focus on customised AI chips and embedded processors.

Apple said to be working on a dedicated AI chip


Apple is working on a processor dedicated to AI-related tasks, suggests a new report. Dubbed Apple Neural Engine, the chip would improve the way the devices handle tasks such as facial recognition and speech recognition. A source familiar with Apple's plan told Bloomberg that the AI-enabled processor would help Apple bundle more advanced features into devices like self-driving cars and augmented reality devices. While Apple devices currently handle artificial intelligence processes through the main processor and graphics chip, the new chip would allow Apple offload those tasks onto a dedicated chip designed for artificial intelligence processing, improving the battery performance of the device. Apple's AI chip is designed to make significant improvements to Apple products.

Arm Plans To Make Edge Machine Learning Ubiquitous


Arm announced Project Trillium, a new IP suite that aims to give every embedded device, from Internet of Things (IoT) products to smartphones and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), machine learning and object detection capabilities.

Apple is reportedly planning to make a dedicated chip to power artificial intelligence in its devices


Apple Inc. got an early start in artificial intelligence software with the 2011 introduction of Siri, a tool that lets users operate their smartphones with voice commands. Now the electronics giant is bringing artificial intelligence to chips. Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks, according to a person familiar with the matter. The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company's devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence -- such as facial recognition and speech recognition, said the person, who requested anonymity discussing a product that hasn't been made public. Engineers at Apple are racing to catch their peers at Inc. and Alphabet Inc. in the booming field of artificial intelligence.