Google Has Its Very Own Chip For Artificial Intelligence

Google has grand ambitions for artificial intelligence (AI). A large chunk of the web giant’s future business will rely on machine learning to power its range of upcoming services and products like self-driving cars, AI chatbots, and virtual reality devices. But AI requires powerful computing. While no stranger to building its own hardware, Google has traditionally bought components such chips from already established players like Intel. This relationship took a twist this week when the company revealed that it has indeed been making its very own long-rumoured chips, designed specifically for machine learning. TPU A custom ASIC (Application-specific integrated circuit), called a ‘Tensor Processing Unit’ (TPU), is now part of Google’s armoury, with the Alphabet subsidiary admitting it has in fact been using the chips for a year now in various applications.Software works…


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