Apple reportedly developing a dedicated AI chip for the iPhone
- Author: Arturo Norris May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 8:44
Apple is working on a dedicated chip that will power Artificial Intelligence functions on its devices, reports Bloomberg. According to Bloomberg, an anonymous person "familiar with the matter" said that the chip would help improve how Apple's devices handle tasks that normally require human input. This chip could improve the device's overall battery life, the report says, and potentially improve overall performance of Apple devices. Apple has already tested a version of an iPhone with the chip inside, but we might not see that in September when Apple launches its new iPhones.
Apple might be developing a new chip to handle artificial intelligence-related tasks on its devices.
Apple declined to comment to CNBC. Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon chip used in some smartphones includes a dedicated processing module for AI tasks, and Google developed a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) previous year for use in its data centers. Chipmaker Qualcomm already has an AI module built in to the Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is now running high-end Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
Moorhead said the apparent intention to create a chip to do processing on the devices, rather than in servers, reflects Apple's philosophy on AI. Apple will also introduce iOS 11 at the annual conference, which will take place June 5th through June 9th. The sources indicate that Apple is considering different things that may be dedicated to the future chip, including predictive text and apps' facial/speech recognition. In October 2016, Apple hired Russ Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon University as its director of AI research.
The week before, Nvidia also introduced a powerful new chip tuned for AI tasks.
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