Intel announced on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it’s working together with Facebook to develop a new artificial intelligence chip set for release in the second half of this year. It aims to help with what researchers call inference, or the process of taking an artificial intelligence algorithm and putting it to use, like automatically tagging friends in photos. This comes after Amazon said it had created an inference chip this past November. Amazon’s chip is not a direct competitor to Intel and Nvidia’s business because it won’t be selling the chips, but instead sell services to its cloud customers that run atop the chips starting next year. Read more to watch Intel’s CES 2019 press conference video.
Intel also said at CES 2019 that Dell Technologies Inc will use the company’s next generation processors in its XPS line of laptops, and Navin Shenoy, Intel’s data center chief, reiterated that the new chips will be available in laptops by the 2019 holiday shopping season and in data centers by early next year, despite the delays.
“The new ‘inference’ AI chip could help Facebook and others deploy machine learning more efficiently and cheaply. The social network uses AI to do a wide range of things, including tagging people in images, translating posts from one language to another, and catching prohibited content. These tasks are more costly, in terms of time and energy, if run on more generic hardware,” said MIT Tech Review.