Intel acquires deep learning company, will focus on next-generation AI

Deep learning has been a hot topic this year, with high-profile announcements from companies like IBM, Facebook, Google, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Tesla. Now, Intel is tossing its own hat into the ring by buying the deep learning software and hardware developer Nervana Systems. Nervana Systems has a cloud-based AI system that it sells to customers who want to adapt deep learning for their own specific use-cases and businesses as well as a proprietary, GPU-specific framework dubbed Neon. The company’s third product hasn’t actually launched yet, but it might be the principle reason why Intel bought this company in particular. The Nervana Engine is an ASIC that focuses on the strengths of what GPUs bring to the table, rather than the not-insignificant amounts of hardware that ultimately aren’t useful to deep…


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