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Nvidia may have announced its blockbuster $40 billion acquisition plans for chip IP vendor Arm back in September 2020, but now the incoming CEO of chip vendor Qualcomm is busy touting an alternative plan for Arm’s future, according to a June 13 report from The (London) Telegraph. Instead of proceeding with the potential Nvidia acquisition, Cristiano Amon, who is ... Full article
To boost the performance of busy CPUs hosted by cloud service providers, Intel Corp. has launched a new line of Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs) that take over some of a CPU’s overhead to let it do more processing for revenue-generating tasks. The IPUs are described by Intel as programmable networking devices that are designed and built to relieve CPUs ... Full article
FPGA chip vendor Xilinx has been busy over the last several years cranking out its Versal AI Core, Versal Premium and Versal Prime chip families to fill customer compute needs in the cloud, data centers, networks and more. Now Xilinx is expanding its reach to the booming edge computing marketplace, unveiling seven new chips in its latest Xilinx Versal ... Full article
It has been a busy seven months for AI chip startup Mythic AI. Seven months ago, the company unveiled its first M1108 Analog Matrix Processor (AMP) for AI inferencing. Then one month ago Mythic AI announced a new $70 million Series C investment round to bring its chips to mass production and to develop its next hardware and software ... Full article
Nvidia is busy this week at the virtual Computex 2021 Taipei technology show, announcing an expansion of its nascent Nvidia-certified server program, a range of new Nvidia BlueField DPU-equipped server models and the coming availability of its Base Command Platform which will include a subscription option for its DGX SuperPods so customers can give them a try. Under its ... Full article
GOOGLE I/O 2021 – Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke for only one minute and 42 seconds about the company’s latest TPU v4 Tensor Processing Units during his keynote at the Google I/O virtual conference this week, but it may have been the most important and awaited news from the event. With the new TPUs, which are powered by Google’s ... Full article
With cars and trucks constantly gaining new driver-assistance features to increase on-the-road safety, two of the world’s largest automakers are bringing in new partners to help boost their technologies. In the latest moves, Toyota has signed on ZF and Mobileye to develop advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) for several of its vehicle platforms in the next few years, while General ... Full article
Six months after unveiling its first M1108 Analog Matrix Processor (AMP) for AI inferencing, Mythic AI has just received a new $70 million Series C investment round to bring the chips to mass production and to develop its next hardware and software products. The new investment round, which was led by led by BlackRock and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), ... Full article
Only three months after emerging from stealth with $8 million in seed funding, Israeli AI startup NeuReality has revealed plans for its all-new NR1-P novel AI-centric inference platform, which the company claims will provide a 15X improvement in performance per dollar compared to the GPUs and ASICs from other deep learning chip vendors. NeuReality says the NR1-P is a ... Full article
With hundreds of millions of pieces of mail to process and deliver daily, the U.S. Postal Service is always looking for ways to streamline its technology systems to improve its services. Since the early 2000s, those technologies have included bringing in HPC and machine learning, which have continued to be added incrementally over the years to solve new problems ... Full article
Cerebras Systems has just given a massive compute boost to its latest second-generation Wafer Scale Engine (WSE-2) AI chips, which pack twice the performance of the company's original WSE-1 chips that debuted almost two years ago at the Hot Chips conference. The original WSE-1 included 1.2 trillion transistors and 400,000 cores on an 8″x8″ silicon footprint. The new WSE-2 ... Full article
Nvidia GTC21 – Here at Nvidia’s virtual spring GPU Technology Conference (GTC) this week Nvidia had big news about its two new AI-targeted GPUs and its all-new Grace data center CPU. But the company also made a myriad of other announcements about new products and services, from the combined use of AI and 5G to autonomous vehicle technologies, cybersecurity ... Full article
With a fresh war chest of $676 million in its latest Series D funding round, AI platform vendor SambaNova Systems now intends to grow its workforce by 40 percent by the end of 2021 and put AI market leader Nvidia directly in its crosshairs. That’s the central mission laid out for the company by Rodrigo Liang, co-founder and CEO ... Full article
Nvidia GTC21 – With a goal of bringing easier AI to the enterprise, Nvidia is releasing two new AI-targeted GPUs and a line of Nvidia-certified servers from partner manufacturers that are built to run the Nvidia AI Enterprise software suite out of the box. Details of the new products were unveiled April 12 (Monday) by Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang ... Full article
Update: the LIVE Nvidia keynote is over now, but you can watch the on-demand, recording below. And read our live coverage at EnterpriseAI.news.  Join EnterpriseAI this morning at 8:30 AM PT, Monday April 12 to see the Nvidia GTC21 keynote from Nvidia’s CEO, Jensen Huang, livestreamed in its entirety. Hosted by EnterpriseAI.news, you can click to join the Huang ... Full article
The wait is over. Intel officially launched its 10nm datacenter CPU lineup on April 6 (Tuesday), delivering its more powerful and flexible third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable "Ice Lake" processors to waiting partners, OEM builders and customers. With up to 40 “Sunny Cove” cores per processor, built-in acceleration and new instructions, the Ice Lake-SP platform offers a significant performance boost ... Full article
Fresh from Intel’s launch of the company’s latest third-generation Xeon Scalable “Ice Lake” processors on April 6 (Tuesday), Intel server partners Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo simultaneously unveiled their first server models built around the latest chips. And though arch-rival AMD may have won the first round of the latest global chip fight by unveiling its latest next-generation ... Full article
Fueled by the need for faster life sciences and healthcare research, especially in the wake of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, IBM and the 100-year-old Cleveland Clinic are partnering to bolster the Clinic’s research capabilities by integrating a wide range of IBM’s advanced technologies in AI, quantum computing and the cloud. For the Cleveland Clinic, the 10-year partnership with IBM ... Full article
An open-source AI initiative has come up with a prototype system in the form of a voice-activated backpack that promises to help the visually impaired perceive and navigate their surroundings. The project, which is sponsored by Intel Corp., draws not only on AI hardware and software but also on open-source development kits and critical input from potential users. Those ... Full article
Geoff Tate, CEO and cofounder of Flex Logix Technologies, told us several years back that edge AI inferencing would be the embedded FPGA vendor’s biggest market through about 2023. Among the reasons was the crying need for an affordable inference engine that could also handle a range of applications as data processing and storage shifts from cloud data centers ... Full article

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