Apple Is Working on a Dedicated Chip to Power AI on Devices

Date: May 29, 2017 Published by

  • The new chip would let Apple offload those tasks onto a dedicated module designed specifically for demanding artificial intelligence processing, allowing Apple to improve battery performance.
  • An AI chip would join a growing list of processors that Apple has created in-house.
  • Engineers at Apple are racing to catch their peers at Inc. and Alphabet Inc. in the booming field of artificial intelligence.
  • Should Apple bring the chip out of testing and development, it would follow other semiconductor makers that have already introduced dedicated AI chips.
  • Qualcomm Inc.’s latest Snapdragon chip for smartphones has a module for handling artificial intelligence tasks, while Google announced its first chip, called the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), in 2016.