XENON Intel Nervana

Intel has announced two new chips designed as part of its product roadmap aimed at achieving a 100x increase in AI performance by 2020.

The Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP) formerly known by its codename Lake Crest has been developed in close collaboration with Facebook and purposely built for deep learning applications. With first shipments expected by the end of this year, the Intel Nervana NNP chip offers on-chip memory management through software, lower precision computations (Flexpoint) for greater parallelism, and supports low latency communication between multiple chips.

Intel’s newly announced self-learning chip, codenamed Loihi, promises to accelerate machine learning for unstructured data while greatly lowering energy consumption. LoihIntel Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP) i aims to mimic brain functions by using data to learn and develop increasingly richer inferences over time. The Loihi chip has great potential amongst autonomous technologies such as industrial automation and self-driving vehicles. Fabricated with Intel’s 14 nm process, Loihi test chips are expected to be delivered to university and research institutions working on AI projects in the first half of 2018.

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