Google’s Tensor Processing Unit said to advance Moore’s Law seven years into the future

Google unveils a custom chip, which it says advances computing performance by three generations. Credit: Google Executive Editor, PCWorld May 18, 2016 2:08 PM Forget the CPU, GPU, and FPGA, Google says its Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, advances machine learning capability by a factor of three generations. “TPUs deliver an order of magnitude higher performance per watt than all commercially available GPUs and FPGA,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai during the company’s I/O developer conference on Wednesday. TPUs have been a closely guarded secret of Google, but Pichai said the chips powered the AlphaGo computer that beat Lee Sedol, the world champion in the incredibly complicated game called Go. Pichai didn’t go into details of the Tensor Processing Unit but the company did disclose a little more information in…


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