Google builds its own chips to turbo-power AIs

Google is creating its own chips to power its AI machines, rivalling traditional silicon manufacturers like ARM and Intel. The tech giant decided not to source its chips from other providers, instead building its own customised processors, dubbed Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), for its machine learning software. Google believes the TPU chip will lead to increased efficiency in AI processing. “We’ve been running TPUs inside our data centers for more than a year, and have found them to deliver an order of magnitude better-optimized performance per watt for machine learning,” Google said in a blog post. “This is roughly equivalent to fast-forwarding technology about seven years into the future (three generations of Moore’s Law).” Since AI has only recently found commercial use cases, companies that process AI functions are still solely using…


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