Tech giant Samsung plans to produce Kunlum, Baidu's AI chip

This is the first such collaboration between the South Korean tech giant and the Chinese search company

author_img Ana M Published :  18th December 2019 07:41 PM   |   Published :   |  18th December 2019 07:41 PM
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A representational image of an AI Chip

Korean tech company Samsung has joined hands with Baidu, the Chinese-language Internet search company to produce its new Cloud-to-edge artificial intelligence (AI) chipset, named Kunlun. The mass production of the chip is scheduled for early next year.

It is pertinent to note that this is the first such collaboration between the South Korean tech giant and the Chinese search company. "Baidu Kunlun chip is built on the company's advanced XPU, a home-grown neural processor architecture for cloud, edge, and AI, as well as Samsung's 14-nanometer (nm) process technology with its I-Cube (Interposer-Cube) package solution," Samsung wrote in its newsroom post on Wednesday.

The chipset offers 512 gigabytes per second (GBps) memory bandwidth and supplies up to 260 Tera operations per second (TOPS) at 150 watts.

"We are excited to lead the HPC industry together with Samsung Foundry. Baidu Kunlun is a very challenging project since it requires not only a high level of reliability and performance at the same time, but is also a compilation of the most advanced technologies in the semiconductor industry," OuYang Jian, Architect of Baidu, said in a statement.

"Thanks to Samsung's state of the art process technologies and competent foundry services, we were able to meet and surpass our goal to offer superior AI user experience."

The new chip allows Ernie -- a pre-training model for natural language processing, to infer three times faster than the conventional GPU/FPGA-accelerating model.

*Edited from an IANS report

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