Intel working with Facebook on AI processor coming after this season

The processors are Intel’s gambit to keep grip of a rapidly growing segment of the AI computing market, but will face competition from chips from Nvidia and Amazon’s Web Services unit. Intel is working with Facebook to complete a brand new artificial intelligence processor in the second 50% of this season, the company announced on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The processors are Intel’s gambit to keep grip of a rapidly growing segment of the AI computing market, but will face competition from chips from Nvidia and Amazon’s Web Services unit.

The new chip will assist with what researchers predict inference, that is the process of taking an artificial intelligence algorithm and putting it to good use, for instance by tagging buddies in photos automatically. Intel’s processors now dominates the market for machine learning inference, which analysts in Morningstar believe will be worth $11.8 billion by 2021. In Sept, Nvidia launched its own inference processor to compete with Intel. In Nov, Amazon also stated it’d created an inference chip. Amazon’s processor isn’t an immediate threat to Intel and Nvidia business, because it won’t be selling the chips. Amazon will sell services to its own cloud clients that operate atop the processors starting next year.

If Amazon is based on its own chips, it can deprive both Nvidia and Intel of a customer. Also in the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, Intel stated that Dell Technologies will comprise Intel’s next generation of processors in its XPS line of laptops. The so called 10 nanometers processors were plagued by delays. However, Navin Shenoy, Intel’s data centre chief, reiterated the chips will be accessible laptops from the 2019 holiday shopping season and in data centers. Also in the conference, Amnon Shashua, the head of Intel’s Mobileye self driving car computer unit, stated Mobileye has mapped out all the roadways in Japan, using cameras which were already built into vehicles made by Nissan Motor which come with Mobileye systems from the factory. Intel’s technology rivals like Alphabet and Apple are gathering mapping info via cars with cameras mounted on top of them.

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