The Kirin 970 that powers the Mate 10 has a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) to deal with AI. The neural engine processing cores from the Apple A11 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X is dedicated towards handling machine learning algorithms. Recent reports have revealed that Google has included a custom chip called Pixel Visual Core for improving photography experience independently of the Snapdragon 835 SoC that powers the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL chipsets. Rumors have it that Samsung is too working on a dedicated neural engine co-processor for its upcoming Exynos chipset.
According to a new report on Korea Herald, the South Korean company has invested huge money on DeePhi Tech, a startup from China that specializes in deep learning technologies. In October 2016, the South Korean company had invested $30 million on a UK-based Ai tech firm called Graphcore.
DeePhi Tech that was founded in 2016 has an impressive list of clients such as Amazon Web Services, MediaTek, Xilinx and Samsung. It is because of its neural network compression technology and neural network hardware architecture that major companies have shown interest in investing on it. SK Telecom, a leading carrier from South Korea has also shown interest in investing on the Chinese startup.
Deep Neural Network Development Kit (DNNDK) is a deep learning software development kit provided by the Chinese firm that can streamline and accelerate deep learning applications. Reports suggest that the South Korean company is interested in neural AI chips for speech recognition, neural language processing and things of that nature. Hence, there is a possibility that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 may include a dedicated neural AI chip alongside the Exynos 9810.
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