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Intel gears up for future with new AI-focused chip

Intel Corp release its latest processor, a chip known as Nervana NNP-I or Springhill and is designed to be used in large computer centers and will be the first of its kind to use artificial intelligence (AI).

According to Intel, the new chip is based on a 10 nanometer Ice Lake processor which enables an increased tolerance for high workloads as it uses very little energy.

Facebook has disclosed that it has already started using the product.

“In order to reach a future situation of ‘AI everywhere’, we have to deal with huge amounts of data generated and make sure organizations are equipped with what they need to make effective use of the data and process them where they are collected,” said Intel’s general manager of AI products group, Naveen Rao.

He continued, “These computers need acceleration for complex AI applications.”

Nervana NNP-I is expected to help Intel Xeon processors cope better when it comes to higher workloads in large companies as the demand for AI, robotics and high-speed computing continue to grow.

Rao added, “To get to a future state of ‘AI everywhere’, we’ll need to address the crush of data being generated and ensure enterprises are empowered to make efficient use of their data, processing it where it’s collected when it makes sense and making smarter use of their upstream resources.”