Intel Corp has launched its latest processor, the Nervana NNP-I and Nervana NNP-T, which use artificial intelligence (AI) to function. The first Intel AI chip launch is based on a 10-nanometre Ice Lake processor. This means, the systems that use the Intel AI chip will be able to handle high workloads and consume little energy, the company has said. Companies will not have to use Xeon CPUs for AI and machine learning (ML) tasks, which was the case in the past.
Developed at the Intel facility in Haifa, Israel, this new chip is aimed to service large computing centres. The company also reported that this AI chip — the first AI product from the technology major – comes after they have invested more than $120 million in three different AI startups in Israel.
With the chip, Intel has also designed two CPUs. They will work for large computing centers and use AI. Nervana NNP-T has been codenamed Spring Crest. The purpose is to use it for training. Spring Crest also comes with 24 Tensor processing clusters designed for power neural networks.
With the new technology, Intel aims to “address the crush of data being generated”, Rao said. He also said the Ai chip will help enterprises use the available data more efficiently. They will be able to process it where it’s collected. It will also be easier to make sense of the data in a smart manner.
These new CPUs from Intel will compete with the Google Tensor Processing Unit, Nvidia’s tech that uses NVDLA, and Amazon’s AWS Inferentia chips.