Samsung's AI chip is almost ready for action and it might debut on the Galaxy S9/S9+

Samsung's AI chip is almost ready for action and it might debut on the Galaxy S9/S9+
A new report published today out of South Korea says that Samsung is close to completing the development of Neural Processing Units (NPU), also known as "AI chips." These components will enhance the abilities of mobile devices and servers to run AI based software. One source says that Samsung has reached the same level for its AI chips that has already been achieved by rival firms Apple and Huawei. The same source believes that Sammy will top its competitors with the AI chips it will be producing in the second half of this year.

Samsung originally started work on its NPU after Apple and Huawei included one on the A11 Bionic and Kirin 970 SoCs, respectively. All of Apple's 2017 handsets (iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus) make use of the NPU as does the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The NPU allows a smartphone to analyze, process and store data without using the cloud. We could see Samsung show off its new NPU capabilities when it unveils the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ on February 25th. That's the day before the MWC 2018 trade show opens.


The company has issued a statement confirming the development of its NPU. "Development of AI chips is underway led by Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology," said a company spokesman.

source: KoreaHerald

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17 Comments

1. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Does that mean Samsung's al chip is more advanced and better than Apple and Huawei chips?

3. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Depends.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7213; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well right now the Pixel 2 AI chip is the fastest. Especially since it can operate at up to 3 trillion operations per second. The A11 bionic operates at roughly 5 times slower than the Pixels 2 AI chip. Apples operates at 600 billion operations per second. I don't know the speed of the others.

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